Addressing Wauwatosa Housing
The City of Wauwatosa recognizes the need to ensure housing options are available in the community for households of all ages, incomes and levels of physical ability. The City’s housing stock is a significant asset that should be maintained over time, and that an array of housing options is necessary to accommodate a diverse population and attract and retain businesses (Housing Policy & Action Plan, 2017).
Current Housing Assistance Programs in Wauwatosa
The City of Wauwatosa currently partners with Community First to provide eligible home owners with funds for critical home repairs. These funds come from a federal development block grant (CDBG) and are used to ensure that homes are brought up to code. Owners of single family homes or duplex that meet income eligibility and additional requirements are encouraged to apply.
Milwaukee County receives federal money under the HOME Investment Partnership Funds program and operates two housing programs; Home Repair Program and First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program. In order to receive funding eligible applicants must meet income and program requirements.
Housing Study (2016)
In 2016 a Comprehensive Housing Study and Needs Analysis was conducted. The housing study identified several key housing issues, including:
- Lack of available and/or affordable housing options for the local workforce, lower income families, seniors, and people with special needs;
- Accessibility and deferred maintenance issues associated with an aging housing stock;
- Challenges to the ability of current residents to age in place within the community
- Limited availability of a mix of housing types
The Future of Wauwatosa Housing
Proposed policy priorities:
- Increase availability and improve affordable housing for the local workforce, lower income families, seniors and people with special needs.
- Preserve existing housing stock by addressing accessibility and deferred maintenance issues associated with aging housing stock.
- Enhance ability of current residents to age in place within the community.
- Ensure a mix of housing types is available.