PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
MILWAUKEE COUNTY 2021 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Housing Division will publish the Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2021 in accordance with 24 CFR 91 and County Board Resolution 20-862. Digital copy will be available during the 3-day publication date here.
The 30-day minimum for the required public comment period is waived for this year’s Annual Plan provided that no less than 3 days are provided for public comments. This waiver is in effect through Aug. 16, 2021. The Milwaukee County Housing Department hereby requests public comment from citizens within the community, private for-profit enterprises and not-for-profit organizations.
The Three Day Public Comment Period will begin on Thursday, July 8, 2021, and conclude on Monday July 12, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Public comments can be emailed to Victoria Toliver, Housing Program Manager CDBG/HOME at email@example.com or can be mailed to Milwaukee County Housing Department, 600 West Walnut Street, Suite 100, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212. If you would like to make your public comment by phone, call (414) 278-2948 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and leave a voice mail message. For hearing impaired individuals, dial 711. All public comments will be taken into consideration prior to the determining the use of the Annual Plan funds.
2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Process
All applicants for 2022 CDBG funds must attend an application training. Click here for dates and time of upcoming trainings.
Questions and Answers
Staff will be available Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. to assist with questions regarding the application process or software, project/activity eligibility and other questions.
Diane Tsounis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Click here to apply for CDBG funds. All applications are due by noon on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Support for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
We are partnering with Housing Resources, Inc. to provide mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners facing mortgage delinquency or foreclosure due to financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 17, 2021.
To be eligible for assistance, a property must be: An owner-occupied dwelling consisting of one to four separate units; secured by a mortgage; and located in Milwaukee County.
To qualify for the Mortgage Assistance Program:
- The homeowner(s) must have experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic after March 1, 2020 and be able to document the income loss
- The homeowner(s) must have an annualized current household income of no more than 80% of the Area Median Income
- Homeowner(s) applicant must hold legal title to the property for which they are requesting assistance
- Mortgage payments for which assistance is requested must be at least 30 days delinquent at the time of application
- The mortgage(s) for which assistance is requested must be a first or second mortgage on the property
Funding Available to Assist Residents Facing Eviction, Housing Insecurity
Milwaukee County has launched a $10 million housing initiative aimed at addressing the needs of county residents who are behind on rent, facing eviction or experiencing short-term difficulty paying their mortgages.
Facing eviction? This initiative has dedicated $7 million to eviction prevention efforts through a rent assistance program developed in partnership with Community Advocates. Individuals and families who are facing eviction or who are behind on rent and meet eligibility criteria may apply for up to $3,000 per cooperative landlord/tenant stipulated agreement. Learn more.
Housing is a racial equity issue. People of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including through the loss of income and the inability for many families to pay rent. In fact, 80% of those enrolled in the Milwaukee County Eviction Prevention Program are Black.
Milwaukee County Supportive Housing
Milwaukee County Supportive Housing was created to assist individuals who have mental illness in obtaining safe and affordable housing. Since 2008, we have been part of creating over 700 permanent supportive housing units throughout Milwaukee County. Supportive housing includes permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and harm reduction housing using the Housing First model.
The My HOME Housing Program is a permanent supportive housing program, providing rent assistance to individuals with a disabling condition who are experiencing homelessness.
The definition of homelessness is: an individual or family lacking a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence and residing in places not meant for human habitation, an emergency shelter or a HUD-defined safe haven.
Rent assistance includes a subsidized unit in one of three different locations or a tenant-based voucher.
Referrals to My HOME must be submitted through the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Process. Contact My HOME: (414) 278-4902.
Housing Intervention Services
Supportive Housing includes transitional and permanent supportive housing through several different programs, primarily for individuals who have mental health and/or substance abuse needs.
Contact Special Needs Housing: (414) 278-2944.
Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing people experiencing chronic homelessness with affordable, independent and permanent housing as quickly as possible. Voluntary community-based support services are then provided as needed.
A person who is chronically homeless is an individual who has a disabling condition, who has been continuously homeless for one year or more OR has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.
Referrals to Housing First must be submitted through the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Process.
Contact Housing First: (414) 278-4678.
How to Apply for Supportive Housing
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ACC Management Group Properties
Cardinal Capital Properties
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Empowerment Village Lincoln
525 W Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53206
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Empowerment Village National
1528 W Walker St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
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1531 N Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
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6700 W Beloit Rd., West Allis, WI 53219
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(Harm Reduction Housing)
1918 N 6th St., Milwaukee, WI 53212
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2500 W Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53206
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Heartland Alliance Properties
Pathways to Permanent Housing
Supported Apartment Program
Team Management Properties
Milwaukee County Home Repair Program
The Housing Division helps provide financial assistance to low-income owner-occupants of single-family homes to make necessary repairs to their dwellings. The program provides below-market-rate loans to eligible property owners in participating municipalities in Milwaukee County. Due to restrictions on these funds, we do not serve the City of Milwaukee, City of West Allis or the Village of River Hills, but do serve the remaining communities of Milwaukee County. Common items repaired through Milwaukee County Home Repair include hot water heaters, furnaces, sewer laterals, roofs, siding, trim, windows, porches, foundations, plumbing and electrical. Grant funds are available for persons with disabilities needing home modifications for accessibility such as ramps, lifts and bathroom modification.
- Milwaukee County DHHS Housing Division staff provides lead risk assessments, detailed scope of work, and bids out work to be done
- Homeowners may receive financial assistance, typically low-cost loans, to fund the work. Homeowners sign a contract with approved contractors
- Milwaukee County DHHS Housing Division pays the contractor directly
- Owner repays Milwaukee County DHHS Housing Division over years, often with no interest
Income Limits (2021)
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Maximum home value: $209,000
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What is the Home Repair Loan Program?
The Housing Division offers no interest loans to income qualified homeowners in the suburban communities of Milwaukee County, excluding the Cities of Milwaukee and West Allis.
Loans are funded through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The loans can cover a wide range of repairs required to maintain a home.
Some examples include: roofing, gutters, siding, doors, windows, electric, plumbing and heating systems. The focus of the loan will be on the living quarters in the home.
Loans can also be used for emergency repairs relating to health and safety and municipal citations. For components that are more extensive than the examples listed above can be discussed with Home Repair Program Staff at the time of application and/or first meeting.
If lead hazards are found within the home, these will be addressed as part of the project and loan.
What homes qualify?
Homes must be owner-occupied and located in Milwaukee County.
Homes in the Cities of Milwaukee and West Allis, and Village of River Hills, are excluded.
Homes must be single-family or duplexes and must have the equity to cover the cost of repairs.
Milwaukee County will place a lien on the property to secure the loan. HOME funded loans can be made on homes with an after-rehab fair market value of $209,000*.
How much money is there?
The amount of money available depends on the program as well as the availability of funding.
This is important to remember because the County only receives a certain amount of funds each year that are able to be used for repairs, rehabilitation and accessibility projects.
Contact the office for more information about funding availability.
What households qualify?
Households must meet the income guidelines based on family size and gross income, including assets.
Households must have the ability to repay the loan, be current on taxes and utilities, owned the home for at least 12 months, not had a foreclosure action in the last 12 months, and not have an active bankruptcy.
Applicants must own the home, no trusts or land contracts.
What is involved in the application process?
Applications will be taken over the phone and mailed or emailed to the homeowner.
- All household members over 18 years of age must sign the application, conflict of interest and release form.
- Completed applications, including all supporting income and debt information, shall be sent to Milwaukee County Home Repair.
- After application materials are received, staff shall determine if the application is eligible.
- If eligible, staff will contact the homeowner for an initial meeting to view the property and discuss items in need of repair.
- Staff will work with homeowner to create a scope(s) of work for the work needed at the home.
- Upon owner’s approval of the scope, the scope is sent to contractors to request a bid for the project.
- Work will be completed by local, licensed contractors on an approved bidder list.
- Owners will review and select contractors based on cost-reasonable bids. A loan will be created based on project costs.
- Loans go before a review board for approval. If approved, staff will work with owners to sign loan documents, a contract and schedule the work with contractors
What information do I need to provide to apply?
Households will be asked to provide detailed information regarding income and debts including the following:
- Most current signed federal tax return filed
- Past two months of pay stubs
- All utility bills (gas, electric, water/sewer)
- Bank statements
- Retirement/pension account statements
- Social security statement
- Property tax bill
- Mortgage statement
- Homeowner’s insurance
- All other income and debt information
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
NOTICE: MILWAUKEE COUNTY IS NOT ACCEPTING SECTION 8 APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME
Milwaukee County Section 8 HCV Program COVID-19 Response (Updated 3/23/20)
- Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) will continue to be processed as normal and paid out twice a month, the first and the middle of the month.
- If a participant needs to report any change in your income or family composition, contact your HPA to obtain forms and submit supporting documents via email.
- All Biennial Inspections will be suspended temporarily. A new appointment letter will be mailed out once we resume conducting biennial inspections.
- All other inspection services (initial, follow up, re-inspections, complaint and emergency inspections) will continue remotely using appropriate technology, procedures and protocols for the safety of our staff and participants. Contact (414) 278-4894 or Terra Barnes or Pablo Santiago with inspection questions.
- The move documents (including the Request for Tenancy Approval) can be scanned and emailed to the assigned HPA. Your HPA will contact you if any additional information is needed. The MCHA will continue to process the move in accordance with normal procedures. Please be patient and give MCHA time to respond as staff members are working remotely via email and telephone.
- The deadline to submit July 2020 recertification packets has been extended through April 6, 2020. You can submit your packet to your HPA via email (scan or take clear pictures and email your HPA).
- The deadline to submit August 2020 recertification packets has been extended through May 6, 2020. You can submit your packet to your HPA via email (scan or take clear pictures and email your HPA).
- We are encouraging landlords and tenants to conduct all business with the HACC staff via email, mail and telephone.
Milwaukee County Section 8 HCV Program COVID-19 Response (Updated 8/1/20)
The Program office will remain closed until further notice.
Any documents or recert packets can be emailed, faxed, mailed or dropped off at the drop box located by the front door of the building. You can contact your HPA by phone, email, fax or mail. Email is however the preferred and quickest method of communication.
The HQS inspections (Biennial, initial or re-inspections) will be conducted by the inspector remotely via technology (video, facetime, google duo etc.). Click here for more information. The tenant or anyone above 18 years of age must video call or facetime with the inspector to show the unit for inspection as directed by the inspector. The inspector will contact you during your inspection time slot and you or your representative need to show the unit and areas that the inspector needs to inspect.
Please continue to visit our website for any updates or changes.
What Is Section 8 Rent Assistance?
Section 8 is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program is designed to help low-income families and individuals with rent assistance for decent, safe and sanitary housing provided by private owners and rental agents.
How Do I Apply?
You can apply during open enrollment. The next open enrollment period will be posted here when announced. The following information will be required for each household: name, date of birth, mailing address, Social Security number and if available, phone number. Full applications will be mailed at a later date.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
Housing assistance is available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. Mixed families will receive prorated assistance. You may enroll yourself and up to two other households. All households must meet the income limits set by HUD:
Section 8 Disqualifiers
If a member of your household meets one or more of the following criteria, you will be ineligible for Milwaukee County’s Section 8 Voucher Program:
- Subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program
- Convicted of drug-related criminal activity for the production or manufacture of methamphetamine
- Engaged in the following criminal activities within the past five years: (Seriousness of offense, time since conviction/recent history and rehabilitation considered)
- Drug-related criminal activity, defined by HUD as the illegal manufacture, sale, distribution or use of a drug, or the possession of a drug with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute or use the drug
- Violent criminal activity, defined by HUD as any criminal activity that has as one of its elements the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force substantial enough to cause, or be reasonably likely to cause, serious bodily injury or property damage
- Evicted from federally assisted housing in the last five years
- Terminated by Milwaukee County’s rent assistance program
- Families over income (all household income is considered)
- Incomplete documentation or fraudulent information
- Owing debt to Milwaukee County Rent Assistance Program or any other Housing Authority.
DHHS Housing News
by: Nicole Sweeney Etter, Writer, CHW
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Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
Every March the Milwaukee County DHHS Housing Division submits a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This report must be filed by March 31. (90 days after the end of the County's fiscal year.) The CAPER covers progress during the past program year in carrying out the County's Annual Action Plan and reports on activities and projects funded through the CDBG and HOME Programs. The report also contains a section that discusses housing activities carried out by the County and other organizations.
Contact DHHS Housing Division