Bureau County Housing Authority
444 S Church Street
Princeton, Bureau County, IL


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Bureau County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Bureau County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 251 affordable rental units. It also administers 71 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Bureau County Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Bureau County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (78%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (22%) to that of all housing authorities in Illinois, Bureau County Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Illinois.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Bureau County Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 83 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Illinois is 74.76.

Bureau County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Illinois housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Bureau County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 2/25/10 Plan
2008 2/25/10 Plan
2007 3/13/07 Plan
2006 2/8/06 Plan
2005 2/7/05 Plan
2004 2/24/04 Plan
2003 2/21/03 Plan
2002 4/5/02 Plan
2001 1/31/01 Plan
2000 4/4/00 Plan