Madison County Housing Authority
1609 Olive Street
Collinsville, Madison County, IL

618-345-5142 http://mchail.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Madison County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2016.

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. The HCV waiting list was last open for one month from June 2016 until July 2016; and prior to that in May 2015, and in 2011.


Please note: These waiting lists have preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. On June 17, 2016, visit the Bernard Long Elementary School.
  2. On June 18, 2016, visit the Alton High School.
  3. From June 20, 2016 until July 20, 2016, visit the MCHA Central Office.
  4. From June 20, 2016 until July 20, 2016, contact the MCHA to request an application be mailed to you.
Once the application was completed, it must have been:

  1. Hand delivered to the MCHA Central Office.
  2. Mailed to the MCHA.
Mailed applications must have been postmarked by July 20, 2016.

These waiting list have the following preferences: Resident, veteran, disabled, working, education/job training, nursing home resident, involuntarily displaced, disabled veteran, graduate of Transitional Housing Program, need for Onsite Support Services for Seriously Mentally Ill. Further explanation of each preference can be found online here.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website, or call the office at (618) 345-5142.


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

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Madison County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update July 20th, 2016.

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list waiting list applications at this time. This waiting list was last open for one month from June 2016 until July 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Please note: These waiting lists have preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

These waiting lists have the following preferences: Resident, veteran, disabled, working, education/job training, nursing home resident, involuntarily displaced, disabled veteran, graduate of Transitional Housing Program, need for Onsite Support Services for Seriously Mentally Ill. The John Hamm III Apartments and Tyrone Echols Apartments waiting lists have the following additional preferences: Displaced from an urban renewal area, displaced by government action, displaced by major disaster. Further explanation of each preference can be found online here.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website, or call the office at (618) 345-5142.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Madison County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 10 projects which contain 260 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,112 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Madison 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 High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Madison County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (19%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (81%) to that of all housing authorities in Illinois, Madison County Housing Authority has a smaller 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, Madison County Housing Authority scored an average of 84 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 61 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Illinois is 74.76.

Madison 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 Madison County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/15/12 Plan
2011 2/1/11 Plan
2010 1/26/10 Plan
2009 2/12/09 Plan
2008 1/26/10 Plan
2007 12/12/06 Plan
2006 11/17/05 Plan
2005 11/8/04 Plan
2004 3/9/04 Plan
2003 4/25/03 Plan
2002 10/18/02 Plan
2001 11/13/01 Plan
2000 5/1/00 Plan