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Housing Authority of Cook County

175 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 350
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60604

Housing Authority of Cook County is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 18th, 2020, Housing Authority of Cook County has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Riverdale Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 18th, 2020. The Riverdale Senior Public Housing Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 18th, 2020.

Housing Authority of Cook County serves Cook County but does not serve Chicago, Cicero, Elgin, Maywood, Oak Park and Park Forest.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Riverdale Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Now
Riverdale Senior Public Housing Open Now
Cook County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Village Park Apartments Project-Based Voucher Closed
Meadowview Apartments Project-Based Voucher Closed
Whistler Crossing Project-Based Voucher Closed
General Affordable Multi-Family Housing Closed
Senior Affordable Multi-Family Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of Cook County 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.

Housing Authority of Cook County Website: https://thehacc.org/.

Housing Authority of Cook County Phone: (312) 542-4851.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if this waiting list is still open. As of April 6, 2020, the website says:

"Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, HACC will not be accepting visitors at its suburban sites or downtown office until further notice."

More information can be found here.

Open Now: Riverdale Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Riverdale apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from September 14, 2020 at 10:00 am, until September 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm CT.

  • Riverdale apartments are located at 335 W. 138th St. in Riverdale, IL.

To apply during the opening time, complete the online application here.

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Person $31,850
  • 2 Persons $36,400

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Families who are literally homeless
  • Veterans
  • Disabled
  • Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (referred to as VAWA collectively).

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACC public notice, as of September 14, 2020

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Riverdale, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via leasingteam@thehacc.org.

Last Updated on 09/14/2020.

Open Now: Riverdale Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Senior Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Riverdale Senior is currently open. Applications are being accepted from September 14, 2020 at 10:00 am, until September 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm CT.

  • Riverdale Senior is located at 335 W. 138th St. in Riverdale, IL.

To apply during the opening time, complete the online application here.

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Person $51,000
  • 2 Persons $58,250

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Families who are literally homeless
  • Veterans
  • Disabled
  • Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (referred to as VAWA collectively).

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACC public notice, as of September 14, 2020

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Riverdale, Illinois. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via leasingteam@thehacc.org.

Last Updated on 09/14/2020.

Other Housing Authority of Cook County Waiting Lists

Closed: Cook County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) 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.

For more information, visit the HACC website here.

Last Updated on 02/11/2019.

Closed: Village Park Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) waiting list for 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Project Based Voucher apartments at Village Park Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last  accepted from March 12, 2020, until March 16, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Families who are literally homeless; who are Veterans; who are disabled; or who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (referred to as VAWA collectively).

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACC, as of March 26, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Waukegan, Illinois.

Last Updated on 04/15/2020.

Closed: Meadowview Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom Project Based Voucher apartments at Meadowview Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April 9, 2020, until April 14, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete an online application.

The maximum income limits per each household size were as follows:

  • 1 person household: $31,200 
  • 2 person household: $35,650
  • 3 person household: $40,100
  • 4 person household:  $44,550

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Applicants who are currently on the HACC's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) wait list.
  • families who are literally homeless; who are Veterans; who are disabled; or who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (referred to as VAWA collectively).

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Chicago Tribune public notice, as of April 6, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Blue Island, Illinois.

Last Updated on 04/15/2020.

Closed: Whistler Crossing Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom Project Based Voucher apartments at Whistler Crossing is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 11, 2020, until June 15, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limits per each household size were as follows:

  • $36,400 for 2 persons
  • $40,950 for 3 persons
  • $45,500 for 4 persons
  • $49,150 for 5 persons
  • $52,800 for 6 persons

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Priority preference will be given to applicants who are currently on the HACC’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) wait list. The HACC will apply this preference after the wait list closes; applicants will not be able to self-select this preference.
  • Preferences may also be given to families who are literally homeless; who are Veterans; who are disabled; or who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (referred to as VAWA collectively). 

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACC, as of June 15, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Riverdale, Illinois.

Last Updated on 06/19/2020.

Closed: General Affordable Multi-Family Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) General Affordable Multi-Family Housing waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACC website here.

Last Updated on 03/27/2019.

Closed: Senior Affordable Multi-Family Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Senior Affordable Multi-Housing waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.             

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the HACC website here.

Last Updated on 03/27/2019.

About Housing Authority of Cook County

More information about Housing Authority of Cook County can be found on its website at https://thehacc.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of Cook County may be available by phone at (312) 542-4851. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/18/2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of Cook County is either absorbing 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 Housing Authority of Cook County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Cook County manages 13,162 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 Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 11,294 86 102 203 587 486 72
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $781 $613 $950 $967 $854 $646 $734
Monthly Cost $8,823,882 $52,732 $96,921 $196,237 $501,190 $313,968 $52,842

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Cook County

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 7% having issued approximately 1,981 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,871 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 59% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

46% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

86% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 82% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Cook County Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Housing Authority of Cook County voucher holders in 2016 was $371 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $949. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $138.



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 Housing Authority of Cook County

Edward Brown Apartments

3210 W 139th St
Robbins, Illinois

Golden Towers I

350 Juniper St
Park Forest, Illinois

Armond King Apartments

9238 Gross Point Rd
Skokie, Illinois

Jane Perlman Apartments

1900 Sherman Ave
Evanston, Illinois

Franklin Park Towers

1301 Ashland Ave
Des Plaines, Illinois

Albert Goedke House

215 W Miner St
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR

Scattered Sites

301 9th St
Wheeling, Illinois

Sunrise Apartments

329 E 16th St
Chicago Heights, Illinois

Celina Blake Homes

1425 Drexel Ave
Ford Heights, Illinois

Vera Yates Homes

1044 E 11th St
Ford Heights, Illinois

Summit Senior Building Phase I

7455 W 63rd Pl
Summit, Illinois

Riverdale

335 W 138th St
Riverdale, Illinois

Low Income Housing Managed by Housing Authority of Cook County

Freedoms Path Hines

5000 South Fifth Avenue
Hinsdale, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Philhaven

2418 E Hintz Rd
Arlington Height, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Armond King Apartments

9238 Gross Point Road
Skokie, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Wisdom Village Northlake

33 S Wolf Rd
Northlake, Illinois
Income Based
1-2 BR
55+

Henrich House

1301 Ashland Avenue
Des Plaines, Illinois

Franklin Towers

9535 Franklin Avenue
Franklin Park, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR

Greenwood Park Apartments

1015 E. 47th Street, Apt 1B
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Heart's Place

120 West Boeger Drive
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Income Based
2 BR

Forest Oaks Apartments

7228 Circle Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois
Income Based
1-2 BR
55+

Midtown Crossing

751 Graceland Avenue
Des Plaines, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Access West Cook

846 Bellwood Avenue
Bellwood, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Family & Senior

Huntington Apartments

9201 North Maryland Street
Niles, Illinois

Huntington Apartments

9201 N Maryland St
Niles, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Wheeling Tower

200 N Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible