2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 13, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Katsma, Schraa, Bernier, R.
Brooks, Duchow, Gannon, Horlacher, Knodl, Kremer, Krug, Kulp, Murphy,
Novak, Sanfelippo, Steffen, Thiesfeldt, Weatherston and E. Brooks,
cosponsored by Senators Darling, Kapenga and Nass. Referred to Committee
on Public Benefit Reform.
1An Act relating to: work requirements for recipients of vouchers under the
2federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development
Authority to request approval from the federal Department of Housing and Urban
Development to implement a pilot program that requires a recipient of a voucher
under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program to satisfy work requirements as
a condition of the voucher. The bill also provides that WHEDA may provide certain
employment, training, and self-sufficiency services, in partnership with certain
organizations that contract with WHEDA, to recipients of vouchers under the federal
Housing Choice Voucher Program.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
(1) Pilot program concerning work requirements under the housing choice
(a) Request for approval.
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development 2
Authority may request approval, if necessary, from the federal department of 3
housing and urban development for the purpose of implementing the pilot program 4
under paragraph (b).
Employment requirement pilot program.
The Wisconsin Housing and 6
Economic Development Authority may, to the extent approved under paragraph (a), 7
develop policies and procedures for and implement a pilot program that requires 8
certain able-bodied adults, as determined by the authority, who receive a voucher 9
under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program to satisfy certain employment, 10
training, and self-sufficiency requirements as specified in the policies and 11
procedures. The authority may coordinate with state agencies that provide similar 12
services to minimize duplication.
(2) Self-sufficiency services.
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic 14
Development Authority may develop policies and procedures for and implement a 15
program to provide self-sufficiency services to recipients of vouchers under the 16
federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. The authority may implement this 17
program in partnership with public housing agencies, state agencies, and other 18
governmental or nongovernmental organizations that contract with the authority to 19
administer the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.