Housing Studies, Policies & Programs

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Housing Study & Needs Analysis (2016)

The results of the first city-wide Housing Study & Needs Analysis will help decision makers, stakeholders and community members develop a meaningful sense of the housing market and key housing issues. The study provides a measured assessment of present and future unmet housing types that focuses on creating a deeper understanding of short-to-mid-term housing demand (5-year, 10-year, 15-year). The report offers a solid, data-driven basis for formulating community-specific housing priorities, which are being discussed by the Community Affairs Committee.

Community First - Wauwatosa Home Repair Program

Community First’s mission is to improve the quality of life for families and their neighborhoods by developing quality, safe, and affordable housing opportunities while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization. To accomplish their mission in Wauwatosa, they partner with the city to provide critical home repairs utilizing federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The program assists owners of single-family homes or duplex that meet income eligibility requirements and are current on taxes and mortgage payments.

 Contact Community First for additional information and to apply for assistance. 

Milwaukee County Housing Programs

Milwaukee County receives federal money under the HOME Investment Partnership Funds program and operates three housing assistance programs in Wauwatosa (eligible applicants must meet income and program requirements):

  • Home Repair Program
  • First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program 
  • Rent Assistance Program (Section 8)  ** The Section 8 Rent Assistance Program is currently closed to new applicants. 

Contact Milwaukee County at (414) 278-4894 for more information on these programs, including having your name added to the rental assistance list.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) 

The purpose of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) is to promote fair housing throughout the state by guaranteeing all people equal access to housing opportunities and by creating and maintaining racially and economically integrated housing patterns. MMFHC provides enforcement, education, fair lending and inclusive communities programs.

Contact the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council at (414) 278-4894 for more information or to find out how to file a possible housing discrimination complaint.

Helpful Links 

City of Wauwatosa's Housing Discrimination Ordinance