Public Housing

Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.  Public Housing includes  apartment buildings, townhouses, duplexes, and single-family homes.
The Community Development Authority (CDA) provides Public Housing for residence only in the City of Madison. (This does not include the other municipalities in Dane County.)  These properties are federally funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Housing Operations Division.
The CDA owns and operates low-rent public housing in 40 locations throughout the City of Madison. There are 315 units for families and 427 units for households with people over the age of 50 or for people with disabilities.


Currently the CDA Public Housing program is ONLY taking applications for the following:

  • One-Bedroom disabled
  • One-Bedroom near-elderly or elderly (50 years of age or older)
  • Five-Bedroom (family composition of 7 - 10 people)
  • One- and Two-Bedroom wheelchair accessible


Last Updated: 09/08/2014