Decatur Housing Authority
1808 E Locust Street
Decatur, Macon County, IL


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

It last opened on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  Applications were received on paper via first class regular mail.  A lottery was conducted and 300 applicants were added to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list.

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Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other

The Decatur County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for Elderly/50+ , disabled, and families.

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The Decatur Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families.

At this time the Housing Authority only has 3,4, and 5 bedroom apartments available on the waiting list.

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To apply for housing, an application can be found on the website at: or picked up at the Housing Authorities office:  1808 East Locust, St. Decatur, Il  62521

For any other questions you can contact the Housing Authority at:  217-423-7711, or you can visit the website at

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Decatur Housing Authority operates 681 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Decatur Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 48% 1 bedroom apartments, 26% 2 bedroom apartments, 19% 3 bedroom apartments, 3% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Decatur Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 618 out of a total 681 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 9.25%.

Family Type

Of the 534 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 32 (5.99%) were elderly, 502 (94.01%) were non-elderly, 205 (38.39%) were disabled, 268 (50.19%) contained children and 257 (48.13%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Decatur Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Decatur Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $227.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $158. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $224. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $449. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $227.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Decatur Housing Authority portfolio, 70% of households identified as Black, 28% identified as White, and 3% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Decatur Housing Authority properties, 491 were Extremely Low Income, 96 were Very Low Income, 28 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Decatur Housing Authority properties is $9,914. Of all public housing residents, 7% have no income and 4% earn more than $25,000 while 89% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Decatur Housing Authority public housing 29% have wage income, 82% have welfare income, 50% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 20% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 618 households containing 1,286 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 50.19% of households included children. Across all household members in Decatur Housing Authority public houins units 18.7% are aged zero to five and 27.8% are aged 6 to 17.

9.3% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 44.2% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Decatur Housing Authority public housing communities. 33.01% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.62% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 54.37% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Decatur Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 9 projects which contain 678 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,123 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Decatur Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Decatur Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (38%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (62%) to that of all housing authorities in Illinois, Decatur 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 (, 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, Decatur Housing Authority scored an average of 83 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 65 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Illinois is 74.76.

Decatur 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Decatur Housing Authority manages 5 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 79. The scores for properties managed by Decatur Housing Authority range from a high of 88 to a low of 68.

The highest scoring property in the Decatur Housing Authority portfolio is Wabash Crossing II and the lowest scoring property is Scattered Sites.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Decatur Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

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 Decatur Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 3/8/12 Plan
2011 2/17/11 Plan
2010 2/18/10 Plan
2009 5/21/09 Plan
2008 2/18/10 Plan
2007 7/13/07 Plan
2006 3/23/06 Plan
2005 3/2/05 Plan
2004 2/20/04 Plan
2003 3/13/03 Plan
2002 6/21/02 Plan
2001 4/24/01 Plan
2000 4/28/00 Plan