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


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

The Rockford Housing Authority (IL - 1.5 hours NW of Chicago and 1.5 hours SW of Milwaukee) will be opening the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program beginning on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 8 am local time, until Friday, April 10, 2015, 5 pm local time.

Last opening was in 2006.

Applications will be accepted online only at ; link will not be available until the application date. Application process is FREE; if you are asked for payment, you are not on the right website.

A random lottery process is used to determine the order of each application for the waiting list; 2,500 will be drawn. 

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.

Every RHA property has a computer lab so that there is access for applicants who don't have a personal computer; the labs will be open from 1 - 5 pm local time, Monday through Friday, April 6-10.

In addition to the property computer labs, several community partners will offer access to their computer labs for applicants. Find the full listing and hours at this website:

-- 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

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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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Rockford Housing Authority owns and manages 1893 public housing units in 16 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Rockford Housing Authority is $200.00 compared to the state average of $302.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Illinois ranges from a low of $199.00 to a high of $695.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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


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