Springfield Housing Authority
200 N 11th Street
Springfield, Sangamon County, IL

217-753-5757 http://www.springfieldhousingauthority.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

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

Please note: The Springfield Housing Authority covers Sangamon County, IL.

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on April 11, 2016 at 8:30 am, and is open indefinitely. It was last open from 2011 until 2013.

Please note: This waiting list has 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.

To apply during the opening period, complete a pre-application at the SHA office, located at 200 N 11th St., Springfield, IL 62703, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. After April 14, 2016, pre-applications will only be accepted on Tuesdays during the hours above.

The following documentation is required when submitting the pre-application: Original certified birth certificate, Social Security Card, and income verification for all members of the household; and photo ID for all adult (18+) members of the household.

The SHA has identified the following preferences: Resident of Sangamon County, IL; employed in Sangamon County for the past 12 months or resident who is unable to work due to disability. More information about each preference can be found on the public notice here.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission, 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 SHA website, or call the office at (217) 753-5757.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Springfield Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 31st, 2015.

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.  

The SHA offers 881 units throughout Springfield: 407 designated for families, 462 for seniors, 227 for special needs, and 12 for homeownership.
There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up a pre-application at the SHA in person, located at 200 N. 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday
  2. Call the SHA  to have a pre-application mailed to you at (217) 753-5757 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the SHA at the address above from 8:30 am until 11:00 am; and 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm, on Mondays and Tuesdays. Mailed pre-applications will not be accepted.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Original birth certificate, Social Security Card, landlord information, proof of assets, proof of income, employment information, award letter of benefits received (if applicable), child support received (if applicable), marriage license (if applicable), divorce decree (if applicable), official separation documents (if applicable), custody documents (if applicable).

The following documentation is required of all members of the household 18 years old or older: Photo ID.

The SHA has identified the following preferences: Local residency (25 points), working family (50 points), elderly (50 points), disabled (50 points).

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (217) 753-5757 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Springfield Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 9 projects which contain 938 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,049 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Springfield 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 Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Springfield Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (31%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (69%) to that of all housing authorities in Illinois, Springfield 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, Springfield Housing Authority scored an average of 85 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 97 in 2008 and a low score of 62 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Illinois is 74.76.

Springfield 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 Springfield Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/29/11 Plan
2011 12/9/10 Plan
2010 12/9/10 Plan
2009 6/22/09 Plan
2008 3/28/08 Plan
2007 5/16/07 Plan
2006 1/3/07 Plan
2005 6/29/06 Plan
2004 3/22/06 Plan
2003 3/11/05 Plan
2001 9/27/01 Plan
2000 3/29/00 Plan