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


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

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.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Decatur Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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

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)

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