For Applicants:

Applications must be filled out and returned to the office through e-mail, fax, mail, or in person. You may fill this out on the computer or print it out and fill it out by hand. Descriptions of the buildings may be found on the website. Once the application is received by our office, we will perform a credit check and a circuit court check.  A decision will be made regarding the applicant’s eligibility and a letter will mailed to the applicant within 10 business days.

Please be aware that qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting lists for the individual buildings applied for.  We must select applicants for vacancies as they applied chronologically.  The waiting list may move slowly. Once accepted for the waiting list, it may take weeks, months, or even years before the applicant receives housing or assistance, depending on the current length of the building or program’s waiting list.


To sign the application use Adobe Acrobat Reader, or use the free online tool at:

To submit your application, email it to: mvail(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

or mail it to:

City of Washburn & Bayfield County Housing Authority
420 East Third Street
Washburn, WI 54891

For Current Tenants:

If you have a change in income or household members, you are required to report this to us within 10 days of the change. You may use this Interim Form to do so. Please fill out all applicable information and return to the office. If you intend to add a member to your household, they must first pass all screenings and background checks that applicants do. Until and unless they are accepted, they are not permitted to move in or stay longer than the 14 cumulative days within the year.

Interim Form

If you need help with the security deposit, please apply through Rural Housing using the link below:

Security Deposit Help through Rural Housing

Conflict Resolution – To serve you better, unless it is an emergency, when you have a concern you would like addressed, fill out a Conflict Resolution Form and submit to:  Housing Authority, 420 E 3rd Street, Washburn, WI  54891.   All Conflict Resolution Forms must be signed and dated.  Anonymous reports and/or verbal reports will no longer be accepted.

For Landlords:

Landlord Listing-The Housing Authorities of the City of Washburn and County of Bayfield are developing a landlord list for rental units in the Bayfield County area.  If you have a rental property and are interested in being listed on a Community Landlord Listing and/or participating as a Section 8 Landlord, please fill out our Landlord Application.

Section 8 and Community Landlord Application

Application for both the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher list and the Community Landlord listing.

Section 8 HCV Landlord Briefing

Information on the Section 8 voucher program is available in the Housing Choice Voucher Landlord Briefing Packet.

Section 8_Housing Quality Standards Checklist

All Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rentals go through a HQS inspection.  This Checklist is part of the inspection.