Decatur Housing Authority

1808 E Locust Street
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
(217) 423-7711

Decatur Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Decatur, Illinois. As of October 16th, 2018, Decatur Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Hi-Rise Public Housing Apartments Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Decatur Housing Authority serves Decatur.

Open Decatur Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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Other Decatur Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Decatur, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in June 2018; and before that for one day in November, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up the application at the DHA office.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed by First Class regular mail only to the DHA, and received by June 12, 2018. Applications sent by Federal Express, Express Mail, or any other overnight mailing service were not accepted. Duplicate applications were not accepted. If duplicate applications were received, both applications were determined ineligible.

This waiting list had the following preference: Local resident.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the DHA website, or call the office at (217) 423-7711.

Last Updated on 08/13/2018.

Closed: Family 2-4 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) Family Public Housing waiting list for 2-4 Bedroom apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHA website, or call the office at (217) 423-7711.

Last Updated on 08/23/2018.

About Decatur Housing Authority

More information about Decatur Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.decaturhousing.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/16/2018, it is not known if Decatur Housing Authority is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Decatur Housing Authority manages 1,141 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,091 5 19 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $426 $332 $882 $287
Monthly Cost $464,922 $1,660 $16,751 $2,581

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Decatur Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 18% having issued approximately 62 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $10,880 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 42% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 41% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

16% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 8% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

66% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 64% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 75% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Decatur Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 11% include at least one person with a disability. 19% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 63% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 43% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Decatur Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $291 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $560. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $167.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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