Knox County Housing Authority
216 W Simmons Street
Galesburg, Knox County, IL

309-342-8129 http://www.knoxcountyhousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Knox County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Knox County Housing Authority (KCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently open. It opened in December 2014, and is open indefinitely. This waiting list was last open in June 2012.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the KCHA office, located at 216 W. Simmons Street, Galesburg, IL. from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, Monday-Thursday. 

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be dropped off to the KCHA office at the address above.

The following preferences have been identified: Local residency, employment/education, veteran, elderly, disabled, homeless, victims of domestic violence, displacement and rent overburden. Further explanation of the preferences can be found on the last 2 pages of the Section 8 application here.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

For more information, visit the KCHA website, or call the office at (309) 342-8129.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

The Knox County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.


The housing authority has three apartment complexes ranging from 2-4 bedrooms for families and two complexes dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

The housing authority lists the following preferences that may improve your spot on the waiting list as:

Living and or working in Knox County (32 pts)
Employed for 4 or more months (16 pts)
Veteran (8 pts)
Displaced (4 pts)
Applicants that spend more than 50% on rent and basic utilities (2 pts)
The Knox County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.

The housing authority has three apartment complexes ranging from 2-4 bedrooms for families and two complexes dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing please visit their website at www.knoxhousing.org to print and complete an application.  You can also stop by the Housing Authority central office located at 216 W. Simmons St., Galesburg, IL 61401.

Once you have completed you application please mail or hand deliver to the above address.

The housing authority lists the following preferences that may improve your spot on the waiting list as:

Living and or working in Knox County (32 pts)
Employed for 4 or more months (16 pts)
Veteran (8 pts)
Displaced (4 pts)
Applicants that spend more than 50% on rent and basic utilities (2 pts)

For any other questions or for more information please contact the Housing Authority by calling 309-342-8129 or visit their website at www.knoxhousing.org.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Knox County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 420 affordable rental units. It also administers 280 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Knox 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Knox County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (60%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (40%) to that of all housing authorities in Illinois, Knox 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, Knox County Housing Authority scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 81 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Illinois is 74.76.

Knox 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 Knox County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/23/12 Plan
2011 3/25/11 Plan
2010 2/18/10 Plan
2009 2/27/09 Plan
2008 2/18/10 Plan
2007 3/13/07 Plan
2006 3/17/06 Plan
2005 3/17/05 Plan
2004 2/23/04 Plan
2003 4/2/03 Plan
2002 2/22/02 Plan
2001 4/12/01 Plan
2000 4/28/00 Plan