Housing Programs

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Managed by Wisconsin Management

Subsidized Housing (where tenants pay 30% of their income in rent and utilities) through HUD's Low Income Public Housing Program, HUD's Multi-Family Section 8 Program, and USDA's Rural Development Program.

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The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a major federal government program helping very-low income families, the elderly, and disabled afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Also known as the Section 8 Program.

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136 units of Income Restricted housing throughout Dane County utilizing the Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit, government grants and traditional financing.

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Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs)

Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA) received an allocation of forty-five (45) Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs).  EHVs are to assist individuals and families who are:
- Experiencing homelessness
- At risk of experiencing homelessness
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
- Were recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability

These EHVs must be issued to families that have been directly referred from the Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinated Entry (CE) system.   DCHA and the Madison CDA have jointly entered into an MOU with Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County (HSC).  See the full MOU here


The MOU clarifies that when referring families to DCHA, the CoC will be prioritizing the following groups:

  • 15-20 will target households with children

    • Eligibility:

      • Currently experiencing homelessness and on the Coordinated Entry housing priority list AND/OR currently fleeing domestic violence with a child under the age of 5

      • Will prioritize those with the longest length of time homeless

    • Case management support provided by The Road Home (10-15 households) and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (up to 5 households)

  • 25-30 will be used for households with children for a move-on strategy from Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Rapid Rehousing (RRH), and Transitional Housing (TH) (program must be identified on the 2021 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) excluding VASH, Fair Oaks, Tree Lane & Rethke as tenants in these projects have access to vouchers)

    • Order of priority

      • Participants in PSH programs that are closing

      • Participants in PSH programs

      • Participants in TH or RRH, where the head of household has a documented disability verified by receipt of SSI, form completed by professional licensed to diagnose, or written verification from case manager

    • Eligibility for PSH participants

      • Currently housed and in PSH program for at least 6 months

      • No rent owed to current landlord

      • No repeat lease violations in the past 3 months

    • Eligibility for TH or RRH participants

      • Currently housed and in RRH program for at least 3 months

      • No rent owed to current landlord

      • No repeat lease violations in the past 3 months

      • Head of household has a documented disability verified by receipt of SSI, form completed by professional licensed to diagnose, or written verification from case manager

If you believe you qualify under one of the priority categories outlined in the MOU and therefore may qualify for an EHV at this time, you will need to be referred to DCHA by the CoC.  Residents in PSH, RRH, or TH programs should contact their Case Manager.  Families currently experiencing homelessness should be entered onto the Coordinated Entry housing priority list.  For more information about the Homeless Services Consortium and Coordinated Entry system, you can visit the HSC website here: https://www.danecountyhomeless.org/