This program is contracted through WHEDA to serve Adams, Burnett, Columbia, Iron, Jefferson, Price, Rusk, Taylor and Washburn Counties along with the City of Eau Claire in providing rent assistance to eligible households at or below 50% of County Median Income (CMI). The current payment standards, utility allowances, along with the entire administration plan can be found at WHEDA.com. The number of vouchers we are authorized to fill may fluctuate during the contract period based on available funds. We maintain a separate waiting list for each county; the wait time averages between one and four years to receive assistance.
Once you receive a voucher, you would be required to lease up for a minimum of one year in the county that you applied for if you have not lived in that county. Any type of private rental unit is allowable as long as it fits within the payment standard as set by HUD and passes a housing quality standard inspection.
Eligible families pay between 30-40% of their adjusted income for rent; the balance is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Resident portions of the rent are re-evaluated at least once a year.