Department of Health and Human Services
 

Supporting Individuals With Accessing and Maintaining Housing

PUBLIC NOTICE

Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Housing Division will publish the draft Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 in accordance with 24 CFR 91 and County Board Resolution 18-856.  Digital copy will be available after the 30-day publication date at this web page. A hard copy will be available to view at 600 West Walnut Street, Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI 53212 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Comments on the Annual Plan will be accepted for 30 days after publication date at the same address by Victoria L. Toliver or by email at victoria.toliver@milwaukeecountywi.gov.

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.

Supportive Housing Programs

My HOME

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.

Outreach Services

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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  Info for All Applicants
  ACC Management Group Properties
  Cardinal Capital Properties

(Cardinal Capital Application​)


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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Farwell Studios
1531 N Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Highland Commons
6700 W Beloit Rd., West Allis, WI 53219

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Thurgood Marshall

(Harm Reduction Housing)
1918 N 6th St., Milwaukee, WI 53212

To apply, Dial 2-1-1!


United House
2500 W Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53206

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  Heartland Alliance Properties
  Pathways to Permanent Housing
  Supported Apartment Program
  Team Management Properties

(Team Management Application)


Grand View Apartments

(Family Housing)
3800 W Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208


Washington Park Apartments

(Family Housing)
3900 W Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 (2019)

Household Size Gross Annual Income
1 $46,100
2 $52,700
3 $59,300
4 $65,850
5 $71,150
6 $76,400

Maximum home value: $195,000

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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 $195,000*.

  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

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:

Income Limits (2018)

Household Size Income Limit
1 $16,250
2 $18,600
3 $20,900
4 $25,100
5 $29,420
6 $33,740
7 $38,060
8 $42,380

 

Section 8 Contact Information

Phone: (414) 278-4894

Fax: (414) 223-1825

Walk-In Help:

ONLY Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Information for Housing Choice Voucher Program providers

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

Homeless Cancer Patient Living in 'Tent City' Moves to Transitional Housing

Homeless individual in his tent.

by: Sophia Carson - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A homeless cancer patient who had been living under the Interstate 794 overpass is now in a transitional housing facility...

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5/29

Journey House, Cardinal Capital Celebrate Clarke Square Apartments Groundbreaking

Rep. Evan Goyke of Milwaukee speaking with a woman

by: Lauren Anderson - BizTimes

Cardinal Capital Management Inc. and Journey House celebrated on Friday the start of construction for a new $8.5 million affordable and supportive housing project in the Clarke Square Neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side...

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5/3

Milwaukee Lawmaker Lays Out Plans to Reduce Crime, Save Money

Rep. Evan Goyke of Milwaukee speaking with a woman

by: Michelle Stocker - CapTimes

Like many Democratic lawmakers, state Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, thinks Wisconsin has too many people in prison. Last year, several Democratic candidates for governor said they wanted to chop the state's 23,000 plus population in half...

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4/15

Former St. Anthony's Hospital Transformed Into Apartments and Resource Center for the Homeless

Western facade of St. Anthony Place looking south

by: Staff - Milwaukee Independent

After more than three decades of sitting vacant, the former and historic St. Anthony’s Hospital has a new name and new purpose purpose for serving the Milwaukee community...

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3/21

After Sitting Vacant for 30 Years, a Former Hospital is Reborn as a Resource Center for the Homeless

Photo of ceremony inside St. Ben's cathedral

by: Mark Doremus - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

St. Anthony Place is part of an ambitious effort to house and care for Milwaukee’s homeless population...

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3/19

Milwaukee County Celebrates Opening of St. Anthony Place  [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Milwaukee County joined Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services, Ascension Wisconsin, and others to open St. Anthony Place, a 60-unit apartment building focusing on providing permanent, supportive housing for the formerly homeless...

See the Video on YouTube

3/15

Sixty Units of New Housing for Milwaukee's Homeless Unveiled Today at the Former St. Anthony's Hospital

Photo of St. Anthony's Hospital taken in 1965

by: Talis Shelbourne - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sixty units of supportive housing are now available to Milwaukee’s homeless population, thanks to the grand opening of the repurposed St. Anthony building downtown...

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3/15

'End Chronic Homelessness:' Grand Opening Ceremony Held for St. Anthony Place

Photo of St. Anthony Place from 10th and State

by: Christina Van Zelst - Fox6 News

Milwaukee reached a milestone on Friday, March 15 in the effort to combat homelessness. A grand opening ceremony was held Friday, March 15 for St. Anthony Place, the new permanent supportive housing development for Milwaukee’s homeless...

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3/15

Milwaukee County Provides More Than $2 Million in Support for St. Anthony Place, Opening Today to Support the Formerly Homeless

County Executive Chris Abele

Press Release

The historic, former St. Anthony’s Hospital, at 1004 N. 10th St., will soon have a new name and new purpose after more than three decades of sitting vacant...

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3/15

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Public Records

CDBG/HOME

One of the requirements of the federal government for funding from HUD for the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is the submission of a five-year plan. This plan identifies general areas of need and how these needs may be addressed using the CDBG and HOME funds. In addition to the five-year plan, the County must submit an annual plan which includes the CDBG funded programs for the current year.

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.

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