DCHA Section 8 Waiting List Opens August 4 - Tenant Resource Center

DCHA Section 8 Waiting List Opens August 4

Update from 8/5/15: The Dane County Housing Authority closed its waiting list at 2:39pm on August 4. In that time, they gathered sufficient applications that it will take at least two years to serve them all.


The Dane County Housing Authority will open up their Section 8 waiting list on Tuesday, August 4 at 10am!

To apply you will need: 

  • names of all family members
  • dates of birth of all family members
  • social security numbers of all family members
  • income of all family members
  • access to a computer -- all applications must be done through this website: www.dcha.apply4housing.com/

Please be aware:

  • You can't apply more than once! If you apply multiple times, your applications will not be valid.
  • Once you apply, you need to keep track of your confirmation number, so make sure to write it down.
  • The Housing Authority doesn’t give a status or position number for your housing application
  • Head of household must be at least 18 years of age at the time of this application
  • Applicant and all members of the family must meet USHUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status
  • Application position on wait list will not be based on date and time of application submission. Applicants will be randomly sorted and served based on preferential scoring.
  • This will be open until we receive a sufficient number of applications that can be served in one to two years
  • More information here: www.dcha.net/docs/section-8-announcement.pdf

What is a Section 8 voucher? 

When a person has Section 8, they have a voucher that they give to a private landlord, and the local housing authority pays the part of rent they can’t afford. Typically, folks pay about a price for rent which is about a third of their income, and the city pays the difference between a third of their income and the amount of rent that the landlord sets. (A note for Dane Co. residents: a landlord can't deny your application for rental housing just because you have a Section 8 voucher. More on our discrimination page.)

For example: the tenant who has Section 8 earns $1000 per month. The rent for their apartment is set at $800 per month. The tenant pays a third of their income towards the rent ($333 each month) and the city pays the rest of the rent that’s owed ($467 each month). Between the two, the landlord receives the full rent of $800 per month.

What is the Dane County Housing Authority?

The Dane County Housing Authority is a housing authority that covers everywhere in Dane County EXCEPT the City of Madison. If you received a Section 8 voucher from the DCHA, you could rent a regular house in Mazomanie, in Stoughton, in the Town of Madison, but not in the City of Madison. Eventually, you might be able to transfer your voucher to the City of Madison Housing Authority, which is the CDA.

The website for the DCHA is here: www.dcha.net/

Computer access: 

  • Public Libraries: Here's the link to reserve a computer in a Madison library, if you have a library card. Also, a FAQ about computer use in the Madison libraries. The public libraries in Madison that have computers are:
    • Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703, 608-266-6300. Opens at 9am on Tuesdays. 
    • Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717, 608-824-1780. Opens at 9am on Tuesdays. 
    • Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713, 608-266-6395. Opens at 10am on Tuesdays. 
    • Hawthorne Library, 2707 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704, 608-246-4548. Opens at 10am on Tuesdays. 
    • Lakeview Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704, 608-246-4547. Opens at 10am on Tuesdays. 
    • Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd, Madison, WI 53711, 608-288-6160. Opens at 10am on Tuesdays. 
    • Monroe Street Library, 1705 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711, 608-266-6390. Opens at 10am on Tuesdays. 
    • Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53716, 608-224-7100. Opens at 9am on Tuesdays. 
    • Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711, 608-266-6385. Opens at 9am on Tuesdays. 
  • Other Publicly Available Computers: 
    • Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S Park St #200, Madison, WI 53713, (608) 729-1200. Computer lab opens at 9am on Tuesdays. Please sign in and out, no food or drinks.
    • Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St. Madison, WI 53713, 608-661-3512. 12 computers available with printer. Opens at 9am on Tuesdays. 
    • East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Ct. Madison, WI 53704, 608-249-0861. Opens at 9am on Tuesdays. 
    • Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. Madison, WI 53704, 608-241-1574. Opens at 8am on Tuesdays. 
    • Memorial Library, 728 State St. Madison, WI 53706, 608-262-3193. Opens at 8am on Tuesdays. Must have day pass to use computers. Can only use one day pass per week. Must show ID with current address in order to get day pass. Day pass form takes 5-10 minutes to fill out.
    • Wisconsin Historical Society Library, 816 State St. Madison, WI 53706, 608-264-6535. Opens at 8am on Tuesdays.
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