About Decatur Housing Authority

The Decatur Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Decatur, Illinois.

The Decatur Housing Authority serves Decatur.

Decatur Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Family Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) is currently accepting Public Housing applications for families. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

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

Last Updated on 09/29/2017.

Elderly/Disabled Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) is currently accepting Public Housing applications for elderly/disabled households. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

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

Last Updated on 09/29/2017.

Decatur Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

It last opened on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  Applications were received on paper via first class regular mail.  A lottery was conducted and 300 applicants were added to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

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


About the Decatur Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Decatur Housing Authority manages 1,060 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection VASH
Vouchers 1,019 5 8
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $450 $334 $375
Monthly Cost $458,665 $1,671 $3,003

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.


Public Housing Operated by Decatur Housing Authority

401 E Grand Ave
Decatur, Illinois
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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Decatur is a 153 unit low income housing apartment community in Decatur.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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