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

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

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Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status:

The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

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

The Springfield Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The Housing Authority currently has 881 units throughout Springfield:  407 designated for families, 462 for seniors, 227 for a special needs population, and 12 for homeownership.

The Springfield Housing Authority has established the following preferences for the Public Housing Program (also weighted according to a point system):
1.      Local Residency (25 points) :  Applicant household is currently a resident of Sangamon County (on a permanent, non-temporary basis) or employed in Sangamon County
2.      Working Family (50 points):  At least one adult in the household is gainfully employed for at least 20 hours per week and has been for the last 90 days.
3.      Elderly Household (50 points) : The head of household, sole member, or head of householdÂ?s spouse is at least 62 years of age at the time of the application
4.      Disabled Family (50 points) : The head of household, sole member, or head of householdÂ?s spouse has disabilities at the time of application (may include two or more people with disabilities living together or a disabled individual or group of people living with at least one live-in aide)
The Springfield Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.  
Applications can be obtained in person during office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm) at 200 N. 11th Street, Springfield, Illinois, or can be requested to be mailed via telephone (217-753-5757). All applications MUST be submitted in person; mailed applications will NOT be accepted. Applications are ONLY accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  
When submitting an application, the applicant must provide thorough documentation with it in order for the application to be accepted and processed.  This documentation includes the following:
1.      Original certified birth records for all members of the household (photocopies and hospital certificates will not be accepted)
2.      Social Security cards for all members of the household (copies not accepted)
3.      Original photo ID for all household members aged 18 and over (copies not accepted)
4.      Landlord information on residences for the last 24 months, including landlord name and address (will be verified by mail)
5.      Proof of assets (e.g., stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts)
6.      Proof of income for all household members (will be verified), including the following:
a.       Employment information for all employed members of the household (five most recent paycheck stubs, employer name, and employer address Â?will be verified by mail)
b.      Documentation or current award letter of benefits received by any household members (pension, Social Security, disability, etc.)
c.       Documentation to verify the amount of any child support received
7.      Other documentation, as applicable:  marriage license, divorce decree, official separation papers, custody papers

For more information please visit the Housing Authority website at www.springfieldhousingauthority.org, or call them at 217-753-5757 during normal office hours 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)

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


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