The Housing Authority of Racine County


HARC provides affordable housing in a number of different ways:

We administer 1539 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers including 35 VASH Vouchers

What are housing choice vouchers?
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.

Am I eligible? 
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the PHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. The PHA serving your community can provide you with the income limits for your area and family size.

During the application process, the PHA will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition. The PHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank, and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment

If the PHA determines that your family is eligible, the PHA will put your name on a waiting list, unless it is able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the PHA will contact you and issue to you a housing voucher.


You can find much more information on the Housing Voucher Program by visiting our office or at the web site.


Wait List Status:

For information on when the list will open click here.

The Housing Authority of Racine County will open its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list for new applications on October 13, 2014. 

The waiting list will open at 7:30 AM on Monday, October 13, 2014 and close at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 17, 2014.  Applications will be accepted from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 7:30 AM until 12:00 Noon at The Housing Authority of Racine County located at 837 Main Street, Racine, WI 53403

The waiting list will then be closed at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 17, 2014 and no further applications will be accepted.

A government issued picture ID is required in order to submit an application. equalhousing HARC

Did you know?

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is available to any family currently participating in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. All families that have full-time employment as a goal are encouraged to apply!