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Franklin County Housing Authority

302 E Elm Street
West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois 62896

Franklin County Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of March 6th, 2021, Franklin County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Franklin County Housing Authority serves Franklin County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Franklin County Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Franklin County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Franklin County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Franklin County Housing Authority Website: https://www.facebook.com/PHAIL061/.

Franklin County Housing Authority Phone: (618) 932-2124.

COVID-19: As of December 2, 2020, the Franklin County Housing Authority Facebook page says:

"THE FCHA OFFICE IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE BUT WE MUST TAKE MEASURES TO KEEP OUR WORKERS SAFE AND TO BETTER SERVE YOU. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE OR NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL 618-932-2124 AND SOMEONE WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

THE OFFICE REMAINS STAFFED AND PERSONNEL ARE HERE FOR YOU.  THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AND MOVING IN NEW TENANTS; PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO APPLY.
PAYMENTS AND PAPERWORK CAN BE DROPPED OFF IN THE LOCKBOX OUTSIDE THE DOOR AND COMMON FORMS MAY BE PICKED UP IN THE RUBBER TOTE OUTSIDE THE DOOR DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS.

PLEASE BE ADVISED GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S EVICTION MORATORIUM NOW ONLY PROTECTS COVERED INDIVIDUALS. IF YOU ARE BEHIND ON YOUR RENT, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFICE IMMEDIATELY TO MAKE PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS AND TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY AS A COVERED INDIVIDUAL. DECLARATION FORMS MUST BE ON FILE FOR THOSE CONSIDERED “EXEMPT”.  TENANTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY OR DO NOT HAVE A DECLARATION ON FILE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR PROTECTION UNDER THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. 

THE ORIGINAL EXECUTIVE ORDER (2020-10) CLEARLY STATES: NO PROVISION CONTAINED IN THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS RELIEVING ANY INDIVIDUAL OF THE OBLIGATION TO PAY RENT, TO MAKE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS, OR TO COMPLY WITH ANY OTHER OBLIGATION THAT AN INDIVIDUAL MAY HAVE UNDER TENANCY OR MORTGAGE."

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2018, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, pick up an application at the FCHA office located at 302 East Elm Street, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm CT.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Dropped off at the FCHA office located at 302 East Elm Street, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
  2. Mailed to the FCHA, PO Box 68, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896. 

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Veterans, Working/Employed.

For more information, visit the FCHA Facebook page.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (618) 932-2124.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/08/2020.

Other Franklin County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Franklin County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 1, 2020, until July 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application from the FCHA office on Mondays for Seniors, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Non-seniors.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been either:

  1. Dropped of at the FCHA office.
  2. Mailed to the FCHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the FCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the FCHA facebook page, as of July 8, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Franklin County, Illinois.

Last Updated on 12/29/2020.

About Franklin County Housing Authority

More information about Franklin County Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.facebook.com/PHAIL061/.

Representatives of Franklin County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (618) 932-2124. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of March 6th, 2021, it is not known if Franklin County Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 10/22/2018, Franklin County Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Franklin County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Franklin County Housing Authority manages 54 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard
Vouchers 54
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $339
Monthly Cost $18,322

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Franklin County 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 10% having issued approximately 5 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $12,101 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% of households had wages as a major source of income, -1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 31% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

39% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

0% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with -1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Franklin County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 31% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

16% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 51% with 3 or more bedrooms. 37% 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 Franklin County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $311 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $400. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $193.



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 Apartments Operated by Franklin County Housing Authority

West Frankfort Housing

503 S Van Buren St
West Frankfort, Illinois

Benton Housing

102 S Buchanan St
Benton, Illinois

Zeigler Housing

105 S Fairdale St
Royalton, Illinois

Christopher Elderly

517 Greenacre Dr
Christopher, Illinois

Kuca Highrise

301 E Elm St
West Frankfort, Illinois