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Section 8 Program

ApartmentWhat Is the Section 8 Voucher Program?

The Section 8 Voucher Program provides rental assistance for low-income families to secure decent, safe, and sanitary housing.  Participants can take the Housing Choice Voucher and use it to rent properties in the private market within the Madison city limits.  If you want to live outside the City of Madison, you may apply with the Dane County Housing Authority.  The program is federally funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Community Development Authority (CDA).   

Am I Eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher?

The applicant family must:

  • Have a head-of-household, spouse, or co-head who is at least 18 years of age.
  • Qualify as a family as defined by HUD and the CDA.
  • Have income at or below HUD-specified income limits.
  • Qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members.
  • Provide social security number information for family members as required.
  • Consent to the CDA's collection and use of family information as provided for in CDA-provided consent forms.

How Is Rent Determined?

The family share of rent is set between 30%-40% of your monthly adjusted income.  The payment standard is based on the apartment bedroom size.

Listed below are the maximum annual family income limits (effective 12/18/2013):

1 Person $28,300
2 Persons $32,350
3 Persons $36,400
4 Persons $40,400
5 Persons $43,650
6 Persons $46,900
7 Persons $50,100
8 Persons $53,350

Please note: Due to limited federal funding, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list is closed to new applicants. The last time the CDA opened for applications was in 2007 through a lottery process. It is not possible to apply for the program at this time and no date has been set for the next lottery. The CDA will conduct public advertising and outreach upon re-opening the Section 8 waiting list for new applicants. Please check back here periodically for updated information or call 608-267-4906 for any updates. (12/30/2013)



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