Committee Backs Housing Voucher Incentives

03/18/2024 10:00 AM | Dawn Anastasi (Administrator)

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is moving to fund an incentive program aimed at helping more tenants receiving rental assistance get into housing.

The program, if approved by the board, would create a fund to pay for any damages caused by renters using section 8 vouchers, which guarantee recipients do not have to spend more than 30-40% of their income on rent.

When the Housing Division places someone in a rental with a voucher, the division first inspects the unit. So the landlord would not be able to use damage mitigation funds on existing damage. The mitigation funds would come at the end of a tenants lease, and housing officials would verify the damage, the expenses and factor in the security deposit before paying out to a landlord, said Connor Goggins, senior real estate project manager.

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Update on 3/22/24: 

Sup. Shawn Rolland authored the resolution to create the program, which will set aside $356,000 for the fund.

The board voted 13-4, with supervisors Ryan Clancy, Felesia Martin, Juan Miguel Martinez and Steve Taylor voting against the resolution.

Rental Property Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (Formerly AASEW)
P.O. Box 4125
Milwaukee, WI 53204-7905
Phone: 414-276-7378

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