What Is 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 (click here for a complete list of the CDA's Public Housing inventory).
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.
Am I Eligible for CDA Public Housing?
CDA determines your eligibility based upon:
The CDA will also check your references, examine your credit history, and conduct a complete criminal background check to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. The CDA will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.
Reasons for denial may include, but are not limited, to:
How Is Rent Determined?
Rent is based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income. Residents pay 30% of their income, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pays the rest.
Listed below are income limits for CDA (effective 12/11/2012):
How Do I Apply?
Currently the CDA Public Housing program is ONLY taking applications for the following:
For more information or to obtain an application, please call (608) 266-4675.
Public Housing Wait Times
The above wait times are most accurate if city preference has been verified. Wait times are driven by vacancies and are estimated based on previous vacancy rates.
These estimated wait times are most accurate for applicants who provide documentation that they live, work, or go to school in the City of Madison. Applicants will be notified by mail when the CDA is ready to screen their application.
Waiting list applicants are required to report changes, in writing, of mailing address, phone number, gross monthly income, and family composition.
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