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 in Chicago, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

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
Cook County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
General Project-Based Voucher Closed
(55+) Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed
General Public Housing Closed
Senior Public Housing Closed
General Affordable Multi-Family Housing Closed
Senior Affordable Multi-Family Housing Closed

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: General Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) General Section 8 Project-Based Voucher 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 02/11/2019.

Closed: (55+) 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 (55+) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher 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 02/11/2019.

Closed: General Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) General Public 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 02/11/2019.

Closed: 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 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 02/11/2019.

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 http://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 12/08/2019, 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 most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Cook County manages 12,804 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 10,891 74 98 206 584 503 73
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $772 $696 $886 $972 $789 $678 $732
Monthly Cost $8,407,191 $51,498 $86,811 $200,209 $460,860 $341,133 $53,401

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 Operated by Housing Authority of Cook County

Edward Brown Apartments

3210 W 139th St
Robbins, IL

Golden Towers I

350 Juniper St
Park Forest, IL

Armond King Apartments

9238 Gross Point Rd
Skokie, IL

Jane Perlman Apartments

1900 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL

Franklin Park Towers

1301 Ashland Ave
Des Plaines, IL

Albert Goedke House

215 W Miner St
Arlington Heights, IL

Scattered Sites

301 9th St
Wheeling, IL

Sunrise Apartments

329 E 16th St
Chicago Heights, IL

Celina Blake Homes

1425 Drexel Ave
Ford Heights, IL

Vera Yates Homes

1044 E 11th St
Ford Heights, IL

Summit Senior Building Phase I

7455 W 63rd Pl
Summit, IL

Riverdale

335 W 138th St
Riverdale, IL

Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of Cook County

Armond King Apartments

9238 Gross Point Rd
Arlington, IL
HCV Welcome

Wisdom Village Northlake

33 S Wolf Rd
Northlake, IL
Income Based
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Henrich House

1301 Ashland
Des Plaines, IL
HCV Welcome

Franklin Towers

9535 W. Franklin Avenue
Franklin Park, IL
HCV Welcome

Greenwood Park Apartments

1015 E. 47th Street, Apt 1B
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Heart's Place

120 E Beoger Dr
Arlington Heights, IL
Income Based
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Forest Oaks Apartments

7228 Circle Ave
Forest Park, IL
Income Based
1-2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Midtown Crossing

751 Graceland Ave
Des Plaines, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
HCV Welcome

Access West Cook

846 Bellwood Ave
Maywood, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Family & Senior

Huntington Apartments

9201 N Maryland St
Niles, IL

Huntington Apartments

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

Wheeling Tower

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