1.  What is Community Development?

Community Development performs a broad range of programming centered on Planning, Housing, Economic and Community Development, and Redevelopment activities. 

2.  Where do Community Development funds come from?

The City of Wausau is an entitlement city, which has an approximate $4M annual budget and is financed primarily through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

3.  What programs do we offer?

Community Development offers many programs for landlords, homeowners, potential homeowners, and businesses.  Please see our programs page.

4.  Who do I contact for each program?

Please see our programs page above, or the Contact Information page.

5.  What are the income guidelines I need to meet to qualify for Community Development Programs?

Please see the Community Development Programs page for specific requirements regarding income guidelines.
6.  What is the Wausau Community Development Authority?

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) is the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the City of Wausau.  The WCDA manages various programs that offer subsidized housing options in the City of Wausau.
7.  Where is the WCDA?

We are located at 550 E. Thomas Street, Wausau, WI.  The WCDA can be contact by called 715-261-6687.  Our office hours are 7:00 am - 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
8.  What types of subsidized housing is available through the WCDA?
The WCDA manages a variety of low-income housing in the City of Wausau and administers a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.   
9.  Does the WCDA offer any immediate or emergency housing assistance?
Unfortunately, no.  Both the Public Housing and Section 8 HCV Programs have waiting lists.  We do not have any emergency assistance, but we can refer you to an agency that may be able to help.
10.  How do I get on the waiting lists for those programs?
To apply, you must complete the application and required documents and return them to the WCDA office.  Applicants are placed on the waiting list based on the time and date of their application with the exception of Section 8 HCV which is a lottery method for waitling list placement.  Please click on the appropriate tab for application materials below.
11.  Is there any way to get moved to the top of the waiting list due to circumstances?
At this time we currently offer no preferences due to homelessness or other extenuating circumstances.
12.  What are the eligibility requirements for Public Housing and Project-Based Vouchers?
The WCDA manages Riverview Towers, which has eligilbity requirements.  Applicants must be income qualified.  Please contact the WCDA for the eligibility requirements. 
The WCDA also manages 46 units of scattered public housing throughout the City of Wausau. The units are one, two, three and four bedrooms. To be eligible, families must qualify under the applicable income limits.

Riverview Terrace RCAC is an Assisted Living facility managed by the WCDA. Residents must be at least 62 years old, be income qualified, and pass a health assessment to determine eligibility.

All applicants are subject to a background, credit and previous rental history.

13.  What are the eligibility requirements for Section 8?

Applicants must meet income requirements and pass a criminal background check.

14.  What are the income guidelines for Public Housing and Section 8?

You may reference each program page directly for income requirements.  Please see Community Development Authority tab to the left for each program offered.