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​Housing Cost Reduction Initiative Program (HCRI)

​The Housing Cost Reduction Initiative (HCRI) was created in 1989, by the Governor and the Wisconsin Legislature. The State set aside these funds to provide housing assistance to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households seeking to own decent, safe, affordable housing. The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR) awards these funds to eligible applicants through a biennial funding cycle. Please see the HCRI website:


Eligible applicants for funding under the HCRI program include: The governing body of a county, city, village, or town The elected governing body of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or band in the State of Wisconsin A nonstock, nonprofit corporation organized under Chapter 181 A for-profit corporation organized under Chapter 180 A cooperative organized under Chapter 185 if the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the cooperative limit the rate of dividend that may be paid on all classes of stock A religious society organized under Chapter 187 A housing authority, including a redevelopment authority or housing and community development authority Households receiving assistance must have gross incomes at or below 80% of the County Median Income (CMI) adjusted for family size. Homebuyer properties must be single-family and the primary residence of the owner.

Top Benefits

  • Acquisition: Grantees can help eligible homebuyers purchase affordable homes by providing down payment​, closing cost, and/or gap financing assistance.
  • Foreclosure Prevention: Grantees can provide payment on behalf of homeowner to prevent foreclosure and/or utility disconnections. Costs include payments to cover mortgage, property tax, principal, interest, and/or arrearages.

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