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Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

Iíve just submitted my application, how long will I have to wait for help?
There is not a simple answer to this question because an applicantís wait will depend upon whether or not they are eligible, whether or not they have a preference, the date of the application, etc. In general, an applicantís wait for assisted housing (Public Housing) or housing assistance (Section 8) can vary from months to several years. Public Housing applicants, in addition, to the above must also wait until there is a vacant unit available that meets the needs of the family.

Where am I on the waiting lists?
Dane County Housing Authority does not give out numbers or rankings on the waiting list, simply because your position fluctuates as new applicants are added and others are taken off the waiting lists.

Do I have to be a city resident to be assisted?

Do you have emergency housing or emergency assistance?
No. We do not have or provide emergency assistance. Though you may be eligible for, and in need of housing assistance, there are not enough funds to assist everyone who qualifies. This is why the waiting lists and the wait are so long.

How old must I be to live in your senior housing?
Age 62 and/or disabled.

I have a landlord who is willing to rent to me under Section 8.Can I get a Voucher immediately?
No. We are required to provide assistance to families on the waiting list according to local preferences and date and time of application.

Iím homeless can you help me?
Unfortunately, Dane County Housing Authority does not have emergency housing or subsidy available. We will refer you to agencies in town that provide emergency shelter and assistance.

My family is soon to be evicted, how can you help?
Again, unfortunately, Dane County Housing Authority does not operate emergency housing or provide emergency subsidy. We are required to provide housing assistance to families according to local preferences, and date of application. We can refer you to organizations that provide eviction prevention funds.

What is the difference between Public Housing and Section 8?
Public Housing is when a Housing Authority owns and sometimes manages the property it leases. The family has a lease agreement with the housing authority. Dane County Housing Authority owns apartments and houses, which it leases to low-income people on an income-based rental rate. Dane County Housing Authority contracts with a private property management company to lease and manage their properties Section 8 is owned and managed by private landlords. The family has a lease agreement with the landlord/owner. The housing authority is not a party to the lease agreement. The housing authority has a contract with the landlord/owner to provide rental assistance to the family. The housing authority pays the housing assistance portion of the rent directly to the landlord and the tenant pays the balance of the rent to the landlord. Landlords sometimes list their property with Dane County Housing Authority who, in turn, refers prospective tenants to their property or Section 8 voucher holders find landlords to lease from through their own search. Dane County Housing Authority administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Dane County, WI outside the City of Madison, WI.

I have applied for Section 8. Can I apply for Public Housing too?
Yes, you may apply as long as the waiting list is open. The same goes if you are applying for Public Housing you may also apply for Section 8 if that waiting list is open.

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