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Housing help for homeless and housing insecure in Dane County

Statistics on Housing in Wisconsin

Across Wisconsin, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions. 



Renter households

are extremely low income

Maximum Income

for a 4-person, extremely low income household (state level)


of extremely low income renter households with Severe cost burndens

Affordable and Available homes per 100 Renter Households
Extremely Low Income Renter Households

Note: Mutually exclusive categories applied in the following order: senior, disabled, in labor force, enrolled in school, single adult caregiver of a child under 7 or a person with a disability, and other. Fifteen percent of extremely low income renter households include a single adult caregiver, more than half of whom usually work more than 20 hours per week and 2% of whom are in school. 

Source: 2017 ACS PUMS


Annual Household Income

needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD’s Fair Market Rent


shortage of affordable rental homes available to extremely low income renters

Housing cost Burden By Income Group

Dane County Housing Needs Assessment

The Dane Country Housing Initiative recently published their Housing Needs Assessment updated for 2019.

Keynote Speech from the 2019 Dane County Housing Summit: Linda Tirado, author, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

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Our goal is to help you to not only obtain housing but keep it.