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

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

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Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other

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

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Springfield Housing Authority operates 735 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Springfield Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 39% 1 bedroom apartments, 12% 2 bedroom apartments, 37% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 4% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Springfield Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 697 out of a total 735 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 5.17%.

Family Type

Of the 347 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 30 (8.65%) were elderly, 317 (91.35%) were non-elderly, 200 (57.64%) were disabled, 187 (53.89%) contained children and 299 (86.17%) 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 Springfield Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Springfield Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $323.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $154. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $198. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $396. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $301.

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 Springfield Housing Authority portfolio, 70% of households identified as Black, 28% identified as White, and 2% 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 Springfield Housing Authority properties, 513 were Extremely Low Income, 129 were Very Low Income, 31 were Low Income and 8 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Springfield Housing Authority properties is $12,711. Of all public housing residents, 11% have no income and 10% earn more than $25,000 while 79% 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 Springfield Housing Authority public housing 39% have wage income, 9% have welfare income, 44% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 17% have other income and 11% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 690 households containing 1,499 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 2.2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 53.89% of households included children. Across all household members in Springfield Housing Authority public houins units 17.3% are aged zero to five and 29.8% are aged 6 to 17.

6.9% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46% 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 Springfield Housing Authority public housing communities. 26.81% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.17% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.02% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Springfield Housing Authority manages 5 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 86. The scores for properties managed by Springfield Housing Authority range from a high of 96 to a low of 71.

The highest scoring property in the Springfield Housing Authority portfolio is Hope VI Homeownership Section 5h and the lowest scoring property is Johnson Park/lincolnwood/1111 Apartments.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Springfield 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 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