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Public Housing Residents

The Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) is the CDA's written statement of policies used to carry out the Public Housing program in accordance with federal law and regulations, and HUD requirements:

Flat Rent

Public Housing tenants are given the option of paying either an income-based rent or a flat rent. The flat rent is reviewed on an annual basis by the CDA and adjusted as needed. The established flat rent is based on the cost of renting an apartment in the private market. The flat rent amount is a percentage of what a private market unit would cost. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the flat rent cannot be less than 80% of HUD's established Fair Market Rent for the appropriate bedroom size.

If you have a high income and the flat rent is less than 30% of your household's income, you could choose the flat rent. If you are paying the flat rent and at any time you are unable to pay that amount becuase of financial hardship, you can ask your Site Manager to return you to an income-based rent. If you choose a flat rent, the CDA must re-examine your income at least once every three years.

Flat Rent Rates
Effective Date Efficiency 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Bedroom
January 1, 2023 $806 $946 $1,102 $1,448 $1,633 $1,878
January 1, 2022 $743 $861 $1,003 $1,341 $1,558 $1,792
January 1, 2021 $711 $831 $969 $1,313 $1,572 $1,808

CDA Public Housing Lease

Your lease will detail your obligations as a tenant and the CDA's obligations as your landlord. Your primary obligations as a tenant are to pay rent on time; respect the rights of your neighbors to live quietly in their apartment; only allow those approved by the CDA to live in the unit; not engage in criminal activity or allow others living in or visiting the unit to do so; not damage your apartment or the property; not smoke on Public Housing property (including your unit and the common areas); accurately report on income and family composition; and transfer if you are required to do so. In addition to English, the lease is available for review in Spanish.


Public Housing House Rules

The CDA considers each of their properties as a neighborhood and each tenant as a vital part of the community. It is the CDA's goal to provide quality, affordable housing; but it is up to you, the tenant, to be a good neighbor and abide by the lease and all rules and regulations associated with CDA properties. The House Rules are for the benefit of all Public Housing tenants. These standards will be applied fairly and uniformily to all residents. In signing the lease, tenants agree to comply with the House Rules and acknowledge receipt of the rules. Failure to abide by the House Rules is a violation of the lease terms and can result in eviction.


Over-Income Rules

Income limitations are in place for all public housing residents. Over-income limits are effective for all annual and interim reexaminations. There is a two year grace period for being over-income. After the grace period, the CDA will charge a rent which is the higher of the applicable fair market rent (FMR) or the amount of monthly subsidy for the unit. 
Over-Income Limits, As of May 15, 2023
Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Over-Income Limit $102,600 $117,240 $131,880 $146,520 $158,280 $170,040 $181,800 $193,440


Grievance Procedures

The CDA has implemented grievance procedures through which CDA tenants are provided an opportunity to grieve any CDA action or failure to act involving the lease or CDA policies which adversely affect the tenants rights, duties, welfare, or status. The grievance procedures are incorporated by reference in the tenant's lease:


Smoke Free Housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now requires smoke-free housing, which bans the use of prohibited tobacco products in all CDA living units, indoor common areas, and CDA administrative office buildings. This rule improves indoor air quality in housing; benefits the health of CDA housing residents, visitors, and CDA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires; and lowers overall maintenance costs.

Medicaid covers the cost of tobacco cessation services and prescription smoking cessaton medications for recipients. Residents also have access to "quitlines," which are free evidence-based cessation services that residents can access by calling 1-800-QUITE-NOW, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wisconsin Tobacco QuitLine

More information on smoke-free housing initiatives is available at:  Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Housing Initiative 

CDA No-Smoking Policy

CDA Resolution No. 4201

Last Updated: 05/23/2023

Contact Housing

For more information or to obtain an application, please call (608) 266-4675


Si usted desea hablar en Español con un miembro del personal de la CDA, favor de llamar al (608) 266-4868.

Provee su nombre y un numero de teléfono de contacto.

Un miembro del personal de la CDA entonces devolverá su llamada usando un servicio de interpretación telefónica.