Rental Housing Development Program (RHD)

​​​​​​​​​​The Rental Housing Development (RHD) Program assists eligible housing organizations, including Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), with funds to develop affordable rental housing. For-profit corporations may partner with the above-mentioned groups or apply directly for RHD funds.

The funds must serve households at or below 60% of the County Median Income (CMI). Projects receiving HOME funds are subject to rent limitations for a specified period of time. Funds may be used for acquisition, rehabilitation,​​ and new construction activities. The HOME RHD Application and Guide are available below. Application submission dates are June 1st and October 15th. There is also a first-come, first-served set-aside for small developments specifically in rural locations with 20 or fewer total housing units.  These applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered as funding is available. Those applying as a CHDO must submit full certification documentation at the time of application.

This program is part of the Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources, Wisconsin Department of Administration.  It is federally funded through HUD’s Home Investment Partnerships Program.

Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO)​

A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is an official designation of selected private nonprofit housing development corporations that meet requirements set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at the time they apply for funding under the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME). The CHDO designation may provide particular benefits to the organization as it develops and/or operates housing. An organization, which is designated as a CHDO can potentially qualify for special project funds, operating funds, and technical assistance support associated with a project funded under the State’s HOME Program, and may be eligible to retain project proceeds.

To qualify as a CHDO, an organization:​​

  • Must have in its charter, resolutions, or by-laws, a statement that among its purposes is the development of decent housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income persons.

  • Must be community-based and have representatives of low-income community residents making up at least one-third of its governing board. 

  • May be created by a public body provided the nonprofit is not controlled by the public body, therefore, no more than one-third of the board may be public officials.

  • Must meet requirements to maintain accountability to low-income community residents.

  • Must have a demonstrated history and capacity for carrying out housing development in the geographic area that the organization serves.

​For Homebuyer development, the CHDO is considered a "developer" and must own, develop and sell the new housing including arranging, financing, and is responsible for construction.

A non-profit interested in being designated as a CHDO needs to submit the required documentation to verify legal status, organization structure, capacity, and relationship to for-profit entities at the time they apply for HOME funds.​​


RHD 2022 HOME Program Guide


2022 RHD Application

RHD Application Form 1 Submittal Form

RHD Application Form 2 Application_Certification

RHD Application Form 3 CHDO Certification

RHD Application Form 4 Site Data

RHD Application Form 5 Unit Data

RHD Application Form 6 Developer Experience Form

RHD Application Form 6 General Contractor Experience Form

RHD Application Form 6 Project Development Team

RHD Application Form 6 Supportive Service Provider Experience Form

RHD Application Form 7 Project Timeline

RHD Application Form 8 Financial Data (1)

RHD Application Form 9 Rental Housing Spreadsheets

RHD Application Form 10 Match Identification

RHD Application Form 11 Comparable Data

RHD Application Form 12 Environmental Review Fillable Form

RHD Application Form 12 Environmental Review Instructions

RHD Activity Set-Up Report

RHD Payment Request Form

RHD Completion Report


Annual Data Compliance Reporting Instructions (PDF)

Annual Data Compliance Reporting Instructions (PowerPoint)

In-Service Reporting How To

Monitoring Documents

Monitoring Plan

Application Materials​

General round app memo May 24 2021

​HOME Program Quick Links

CPD Income Eligibility Calculator and Income Limits

2022 HOME Rent Limits

2022 HOME Income Limits

Max Purchase Price Rehab Value Limits​

Building HOME Online Training

Managing Rental Unit Mix Under HOME


Section 3 Report (2019)

MBE WBE Report

2022 RHD Annual Compliance Data Report

RHD In-Service Report Reminder

RHD In-Service Report

Semi-Annual Data Report (MBE/WBE, Labor Standards Enforcement, and Section 3)​​

​Contact Information

RHD Program Manager​​
Department of Administration
Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources
P.O. Box 7970
Madison, WI 53707-7970​​