Dane County Housing Authority helps the community with housing.

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About Dane County Housing Authority

Mission Statement:

The mission of Dane County Housing Authority is to promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.

Dane County Housing Authority’s mission is to promote and ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing for our participants, as well as provide owners and developers with an opportunity to rehabilitate and develop affordable housing. Dane County Housing Authority will:

  • Recognize our participants as our primary focus
  • Work in partnership with community and government organizations to continually promote affordable housing
  • Act as an agent of change when performance is unacceptable
  • Continue to strive for public trust and confidence through good communication and being responsive to needs of our participants and community
  • Identify and work to eliminate barriers that prevent Dane County Housing Authority from achieving our goals as a housing authority

Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA) was created in 1972 by the Dane County Board of Supervisors to address the affordable housing needs of low-income families in Dane County (outside the city of Madison).

The oversight and governance of DCHA is the responsibility of a five-member citizen commission appointed by the Dane County Executive. They are responsible for formulating DCHA policy. They are dedicated and committed volunteers that bring an array of knowledge and abilities to DCHA. They are representatives of the following sectors of our community: government (County Board, State), law, non-profit, real estate, and housing development & consulting.

The Dane County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners consists of:

  • Judith Wilcox, Chair
  • Denise Matyka, Vice-Chair
  • Carousel Bayrd
  • Daniel O’Callaghan
  • Keith Broadnax

Dane County Housing Authority administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program providing eligible families and individuals the opportunity to rent homes of their choice in the private sector. Dane County Housing Authority provides more than 6 million dollars annually into our community to landlords through rent subsidies each year. Dane County Housing Authority has an allocation of 1,160 vouchers through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Dane County Housing Authority owns 102 units of housing throughout Dane County. 86 of those units are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Low Rent Public Housing Program and the Rural Development and HUD Section 515 Program fund 16 elderly units.

Since 1996 Dane County Housing Authority has contracted the management and maintenance of their units to a management company. Currently Wisconsin Management is managing our units.

The units are located in the following communities:

  • Mazomanie – 10 elderly, 10 family
  • Stoughton - 14 elderly, 16 family
  • Sun Prairie - 28 scattered sites (Prairie Homes)
  • Monona - 8 scattered sites
  • Cross Plains - 16 elderly (Rural Development)

Over the past 5 years Dane County Housing Authority has undertaken a lot of rehab work to improve our units. We have added air conditioning, updated kitchens and bathrooms, updated lighting, replaced flooring, landscaped, new roofs, and etc.

In 2000 Dane County Housing Authority became the recipient of funding to create a Housing Resource Center for first-time homebuyer education and financial counseling. The funding also provided for down payment assistance to first time homebuyers. These have been and continue to be very successful programs.

Dane County Housing Authority will always strive to provide and further affordable housing through our long term planning strategies, partnerships with other organizations, and utilizing bonding financing to develop and preserve affordable housing.

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