Affordable Housing In Monroe County

13 Low Income Apartment Communities In Monroe County

Heritage Haven Sparta

622 S Court St
Sparta, WI
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing


Sparta, WI
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Kilbourne Apartments

515 N Kilbourn Ave
Tomah, WI

The Courtyard at Willow Woods

1500 Lincoln Ave
Tomah, WI

Fairview Estates Sparta Arms

106 N L St
Sparta, WI

Northland Norwalk Apartments

400 High St
Norwalk, WI
HCV Welcome

Brookside Apartments

307 N Court St
Sparta, WI

Jefferson Apartments

701 Jefferson St
Tomah, WI
HCV Welcome

Monroe County H A

1108 W Wisconsin St
Sparta, WI

Sunset Place

518 S Thayer Ave
Sparta, WI
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Monroe County

Housing Authority Programs
Monroe County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Monroe County

Housing Authority Programs
Sparta Housing Authority Public Housing
Tomah Public Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Monroe County, Wisconsin

There are 13 low income housing apartment communities offering 606 affordable apartments for rent in Monroe County, Wisconsin. Monroe County features 248 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 358 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Monroe County.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Monroe County, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 13
Total Low Income Apartments 606
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 248
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 32.47%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.49
Median Household Income $50,694 ±$1,587
Median Rent $767 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 35.96% ± 4.3pp
Total Population 45,274

Population and Household Demographics

Monroe County is a County in Wisconsin with a population of 45,274. There are 17,794 households in the county with an average household size of 2.49 persons. 32.47% of households in Monroe County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Monroe County

The median gross income for households in Monroe County is $50,694 a year, or $4,225 a month. The median rent for the county is $767 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Monroe County, a household making less than $2,557 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 35.96% of households who rent are overburdened in Monroe County.1

Area Median Income In Monroe County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Monroe County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $69,200

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Monroe County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Monroe County HUD Rental Assistance in Monroe County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,550 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $24,250 $27,700 $31,150 $34,600 $37,400 $40,150 $42,950 $45,700
80% of Median $38,750 $44,300 $49,850 $55,350 $59,800 $64,250 $68,650 $73,100
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Monroe County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 1998, 4 low income apartment communities containing 66 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Monroe County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Monroe County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $24,250 $27,700 $31,150 $34,600 $37,400 $40,150 $42,950 $45,700
60% of Median $29,100 $33,240 $37,380 $41,520 $44,880 $48,180 $51,540 $54,840

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Monroe County is $37,380 a year, or $3,115 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,115 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $935 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $606 $649 $779 $900 $1,004 $1,108
60% $728 $779 $935 $1,080 $1,205 $1,330
Fair Market Rents in Monroe County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$550 $641 $844 $1,055 $1,313

Cities In Monroe County

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City Listings Served By
Norwalk 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Norwalk is the Monroe County Housing Authority.
Tomah 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Tomah are the Tomah Public Housing Authority and Monroe County Housing Authority.
Sparta 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Sparta are the Sparta Housing Authority and Monroe County Housing Authority.
Sheldon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sheldon is the Monroe County Housing Authority.
Adrian 0
Angelo 0
Byron 0
Cashton 0
Cataract 0
Clifton 0
Glendale 0
Grant 0
Greenfield 0
Jefferson 0
Kendall 0
Lafayette 0
La Grange 0
Leon 0
Lincoln 0
Little Falls 0
Melvina 0
New Lyme 0
Oakdale 0
Portland 0
Ridgeville 0
Scott 0
Tunnel City 0
Warrens 0
Wellington 0
Wells 0
Wilton 0
Wyeville 0