Rockford Housing Authority
223 S Winnebago Street
Rockford, Winnebago County, IL

815-489-8500 http://www.rockfordha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in April 2015, and prior to that in 2006. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

In the first five days of the Rockford Housing Authority opening it's waiting list, more than 9,000 households applied. The RHA used a random lottery to select 2,500 of those households to be on the waiting list.

Applications were accepted online only.

If chosen, the housing authority will notify you via postal mail no later than May 31, 2015. If you do not receive a letter by that date, your application was not drawn by lottery and you will not be placed on the waiting list.

Preferences were:
-- Families whose head of household: 
    -  is working at 10 hours a week
    -  is enrolled in licensed or certified education or training
    -  is enrolled in Economic Self Sufficiency (definition from law)
-- Families whose head, spouse or co-head:
    -  is Elderly/Disabled
    -  is a veteran and was discharged from the military under any circumstances other than dishonorable
    -  is near elderly
    -  is a resident of the city of Rockford
-- Families who have been displaced by local, state or federal declared disaster
-- Families who meet HUDs definition of homeless


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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenClosed

The Rockford County Housing Authority is now accepting public housing applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The family apaprtment units managed by the housing authority are located in three different communities:

Orton Keys (623 Ranger Rockford, IL 61109) is a 175 unit complex that offers onsite daycare services and a neighborhood network center that offers computer classes.


Fairgrounds Valley (1015 Jefferson Rockford, IL 61103) is a 210 unit complex that offers many after school activities for the children.

Blackhawk Courts (338 15th Avenue Rockford, IL) is a 196  that offers onsite daycare services and has The Boys and Girls Club.

The senior apartment units managed by the housing authority are located in 4 different communities:

North Main Manor (505 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103) is a 187 unit with heat, water, and gas are included in the rent.


Olesen Plaza (511 N. Church St. Rockford, IL 61103) is a 151 unit complex.

Brewington Oaks A and B is located near downtown and  heat, water, and gas are included in the rent. 

Park Terrace (1000 Chamberlain Rockford IL) is a 183 unit complex and on the RMTD bus line. Heat, water, and gas are included in the rent.
The Rockford County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families.

To apply for housing you can pick  up an application at the apartment complex you you want to apply or you may apply at the Rockford Housing Authority central office located at: 223 S. Winnebago St  Rockford, IL 61102.

Completed applications can be hand delivered to the Property Manager where you want to apply or to the Central Housing Authority office.

For more information you can see their website at www.rockfordha.org or call the housing authority with any questions at: 815-489-8500.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Rockford Housing Authority operates 1,923 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Rockford Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 51% 1 bedroom apartments, 19% 2 bedroom apartments, 20% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Rockford Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 1,746 out of a total 1,923 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 9.2%.

Family Type

Of the 1,025 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 88 (8.59%) were elderly, 937 (91.41%) were non-elderly, 630 (61.46%) were disabled, 468 (45.66%) contained children and 606 (59.12%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Rockford Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Rockford Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $279.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $131. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $158. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $317. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $181.

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 Rockford Housing Authority portfolio, 63% of households identified as Black, 35% 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 Rockford Housing Authority properties, 1,468 were Extremely Low Income, 223 were Very Low Income, 35 were Low Income and 5 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Rockford Housing Authority properties is $8,333. Of all public housing residents, 8% have no income and 3% 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 Rockford Housing Authority public housing 24% have wage income, 71% have welfare income, 46% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 26% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 1,732 households containing 3,513 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.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 45.66% of households included children. Across all household members in Rockford Housing Authority public houins units 17.5% are aged zero to five and 26.2% are aged 6 to 17.

6.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 49.6% 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 Rockford Housing Authority public housing communities. 33.31% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 15.65% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 51.04% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Rockford Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 16 projects which contain 1,893 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,159 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Rockford Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Rockford Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (47%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (53%) to that of all housing authorities in Illinois, Rockford 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, Rockford 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 98 in 2003 and a low score of 65 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Illinois is 74.76.

Rockford 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Rockford Housing Authority manages 9 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 69. The scores for properties managed by Rockford Housing Authority range from a high of 89 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Rockford Housing Authority portfolio is North Main Manor and the lowest scoring property is Rhf Unit Approved By HUD For Acq In 2005.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 78% of properties managed by Rockford Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 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 Rockford Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/27/10 Plan
2009 9/10/09 Plan
2008 9/30/08 Plan
2007 11/16/07 Plan
2006 8/9/06 Plan
2005 10/3/05 Plan
2004 1/5/05 Plan
2002 3/12/03 Plan
2001 9/20/01 Plan
2000 8/11/00 Plan