Milwaukee County 2023 Annual Action Plan, Reallocation of Funds from Prior Years and 2024 CDBG and HOME Application Process
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Housing Division will publish the Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2023 in accordance with 24 CFR 91 and County Board Resolution 21-1019. The County is also including in its 2023 Annual Action Plan a reprogramming of prior year funds from 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Digital copies of these plans will be available during the 30-day publication date.
Reprogramming of prior year funds to 2023 activities under Consolidated Plan Goal 1/Housing, Goal 3/Public Facilities, and Goal 4/Economic Development. The 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 prior year funds were originally allocated for Homeowner Repair activities, but due to the pandemic and on-going difficulty in finding contractors the County has been unable to commit and spend these funds. Therefore, the County will reprogram approximately $900,000 of prior year funds to Housing, Public Facility, Code Enforcement and Economic Development activities. Many communities and agencies are experiencing increased costs for public facility activities and there continues to be a need for additional assistance for small businesses. The reprogramming of prior year funds allows us to address these needs.
The Committee on Community, Environment and Economic Development (CEED) is holding a public hearing on Monday, June 12, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. to review funding recommendations for the reprogrammed activities. The hearing with be held at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee and virtually as a live stream on the County Legislative Information Center https://milwaukeecounty.legistar.com/calendar.aspx.
Milwaukee County will be receiving 2024 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds totally approximately $1.7 million. The CDBG funding is to be shared between Milwaukee County and 15 participating municipalities. The municipal share will be allocated in accordance with the Inter-Governmental Cooperation Council policy adopted for this purpose. It is proposed that the County’s share be used for County-wide projects. Approximately 20% is set aside for administrative costs. Milwaukee County will also be receiving approximately $1.2 million in HOME funds to be used in 17 participating municipalities. Non-profit agencies are eligible to apply for these grants. Applications will be made available to municipal and non-profit agencies in July 2023 for 2024 funds.
Public comments can be emailed to Diane Tsounis, Housing Program Manager CDBG/HOME at [email protected] or can be mailed to Milwaukee County Housing Department, located at 600 West Walnut Street, Suite 100, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212. If you would like to make your public comment by phone, please call 414-278-5250 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and leave a voice mail message. For hearing impaired individuals, please dial 711. All public comments will be taken into consideration prior to the determining the use of the Annual Plan funds.
Milwaukee County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Meeting
Feb. 21, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Funding Available to Assist Residents Facing Eviction, Housing Insecurity
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will pay up to 15 months of rent assistance, including up to 12 months of back-rent for qualifying people who experienced financial hardship during the pandemic. ERAP will also pay home energy costs, including back-utilities in arrears, and internet charges. Financial hardship could include job loss, experiencing reduced wages or contending with illness related to COVID-19.
Renters may qualify for ERAP if individuals within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; or if one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, or if the household has an income at or below 80% of area median income.
Landlords may request rental assistance on behalf of tenants who are behind or at risk of becoming behind on rent payments. ERAP payments are made directly to landlords or utility companies, not directly to the renter. Successful applications are typically paid out within around ten days.
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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.
Transitional Housing 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.
Homeless 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) 278-4894.
Milwaukee County Home Repair Program
Housing Services helps to provide financial assistance to low-income, owner-occupants of single-family homes to make necessary home repairs. The program provides zero-interest loans to eligible property owners in Milwaukee County, except the City of Milwaukee, the City of West Allis and the Village of River Hills. Common items repaired through Milwaukee County Home Repair include hot water heaters, furnaces, sewer laterals, roofs, siding, trim, windows, porches, foundations, plumbing, electrical, lead remediation and accessbility modifications.
- Home Repair Program staff provides project management services including: providing initial inspections, creating detailed scope of work, working with contractors to bid the project and monitoring work progress
- Homeowners may receive financial assistance to fund the work
- DHHS Housing Services pays the contractor directly
- Owner repays DHHS Housing Services for work completed
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
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.
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
- 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.
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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.
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