Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for assisted housing?

  • All applicants must have an annual gross household income which is less than the federally published limit. Income limits change annually.
  • Applicants for Edgewater, Briarwood, and Oakpark must have at least one family member who is 62 years of age or older or has a disability.
  • Low income single individuals who are not over 62 or disabled may qualify for Riverview Manor under certain conditions.
  • Applicants for Windmill Place must be over 55 years old.
  • A background check is conducted on all applicants.

Do I qualify for housing if I have substantial assets in savings, stocks or bonds?
Yes – When determining eligibility, we count all sources of income, such as wages, social
security, pensions, disability compensation, etc. We count only the interest from assets in stocks,
bonds, savings, etc.

If I sell my home what happens?
The home is an asset. When you sell it, we require a settlement sheet that shows the selling price
of the home, and related expenses, such as broker fees, taxes, unpaid mortgage balance, etc.
We subtract these from the sale price to arrive at the actual asset value. You may invest your
assets as you choose.

Is it true that you do not count assets in an Irrevocable Trust?
Yes-However, we must count any money given on your behalf, from trust. For example, if the trust
paid for your medical insurance of $800.00 a year, we include the $800.00 as income. If the trust
paid for a new car and it is in your name, we count the amount the trust paid for the car.

If my partner becomes unable to live in our home and must reside in a care center, how is
the rent calculated?
You have two options. You may either keep your partner on the lease and count that persons income
and expenses, or you may choose to take them off the lease and not count their income or
expenses.

May I have a pet?
Yes – a small pet is allowed. A pet deposit is required, the pet must be neutered or spayed, permission must be granted by the Housing Authority before aquiring the pet and additional responsibilities will be addressed at that time.

Can I have a two bedroom apartment?
In Edgewater, Briarwood and Oakpark, two bedroom apartments are available for couples only.
Windmill Place applicants can choose a one bedroom or two bedroom apartment.

How much is the Rent?
For all properties except Windmill Place, rent is income based and will generally equal 30% of the gross household income. Each building has minimum and maximum rents.
Windmill Place rent is set on a sliding scale and is not a percentage of the household income.

Do I have to pay a Security Deposit?
Security deposits are required before moving in. The amount of Security Deposit varies from property to property.

Amenities at all properties except Windmill Place:

  • Cable hook up is available
  • Garbage disposal in each unit
  • Storage area for each unit
  • Carpet and window treatments provided
  • Laundry facilities in each building
  • Security entrance system
  • Locked mailboxes
  • Utilities included in rent *
  • Off street parking
  • Community room with kitchen available to tenants for pot lucks, birthday parties, family gatherings, etc.

*Oakpark tenants pay electric and receive a utility allowance

Windmill Place

How much is the Rent?
Rent is set on a sliding scale and is not a percentage of the household income. Rent tiers are set
by WHEDA which regulates the development.

Why is Windmill Place Different than the other Housing Authority apartments?
Windmill Place was built in 2007. New requirements are different than those in place for the federally assisted properties the Housing Authority built in the 1970s and 1980s.

Do I have to pay a Security Deposit?
A $300 Security Deposit is required before moving in.

What are the amenities at Windmill Place?

  • Each unit includes a washer/dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal and air-conditioner(s)
  • Each unit is assigned one parking space in the underground, climate-controlled garage
  • Handicapped accessible kitchens and bathrooms
  • Indoor Community room, computer center and two sun rooms
  • Outdoor patio with gazebo
  • Super energy efficient
  • Cable hook up is available
  • Carpet and window treatments provided
  • Security Entry System
  • Locked mailboxes
  • In-unit storage area
  • Off street visitor parking

Family Housing

  • All applicants must have an annual gross household income which is less than the federally published limit. Income limits change annually.
  • Applicants for Family Housing must be a family.

Do I qualify for housing if I have substantial assets in savings, stocks or bonds?
Yes – when determining eligibility, we count all sources of income, such as wages,
social security, pensions, disability compensation, etc. We count only the interest from
assets in stocks, bonds, savings, etc.

May I have a pet?
In Family Housing a caged pets (a hamster, gerbil, bird or fish) is allowed under certain
conditions. A pet deposit is required.

How many bedrooms will I have?
The number of family members determines which apartment/townhouse size an applicant is eligible for.

What are the Amenities in Family Housing?

  • Townhome or duplex layout with your own front and back doors
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Full Basement
  • Washer & dryer hook-ups
  • Outdoor shed for lawnmowers and bikes
  • Off street parking
  • Large playground
  • Rocky Branch Elementary School and River Falls High School within walking distance