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Jackson County Housing Authority

300 N 7th Street
Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois 62966

Jackson County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of August 15th, 2020, Jackson County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Jackson County Housing Authority serves Jackson County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Jackson County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Jackson County, Illinois, Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Jackson 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.

Jackson County Housing Authority Website: http://jacksoncountyhousingauthority.org/.

Jackson County Housing Authority Phone: (618) 684-3183.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Jackson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least January, 2018, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Open and print the application documents here. Select every link under the Public Housing section.

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

  1. Hand delivered to the JCHA office, located at 300 North 7th St, Murphysboro, IL 62966.
  2. Mailed to PO Box 1209, Murphysboro, IL 62966.
  3. Faxed to (618) 684-3222.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • A family whose member(s) either live, work or have been hired to work or who are enrolled for the current school semester in the jurisdiction of Jackson County.
  • Working Families, Where the head, spouse or sole member is employed for 9 months. However, an applicant where the head and spouse or sole member is a person age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities, must also be given the benefit of this preference.
  • A family in which each member or sole member is a person displaced by governmental action or a family displaced by a disaster recognized by the Federal government, which extensively damaged or destroyed their dwelling unit.
  • A family in which each member or sole member is a person displaced by housing owner sale of rental home results in the tenant having to vacate the residence.

For more information, visit the JCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (618) 684-3183.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/09/2019.

Other Jackson County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Jackson County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Jackson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April 15, 2019, until August 31, 2019.There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the forms listed on the JCHA website.
  2. Pick up an application at the JCHA office.

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

  1. Hand delivered to the JCHA office, located at 300 North 7th St, Murphysboro, IL 62966.
  2. Mailed to JCHA Section, 8 PO Box 1209, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School in Jackson County, Illinois, Displaced by Natural Disaster, Working/Employed, Working Families, Rent Burdened.

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

For more information, visit the JCHA website.

Last Updated on 08/31/2019.

Closed: Jackson County, Illinois, Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Jackson County Housing Authority (JCHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 16, 2019, until January 14, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the JCHA, this waiting list is, "specifically for non-elderly person[s] with disabilities (age 18-or less than 62 years of age) who are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings, at risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless...Pre-applications will need to be accompanied with a referral letter from a partnering agency."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to obtain a referral letter and application from one of the agencies partnering with the JCHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the JCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by The Southern Illinoisan, as of December 9, 2019.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/14/2020.

About Jackson County Housing Authority

More information about Jackson County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://jacksoncountyhousingauthority.org/.

Representatives of Jackson County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (618) 684-3183. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am-12:30pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 03/28/2019, Jackson 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.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

More information about the JCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

 

Public Housing Program

More information about the JCHA Public Housing Program can be found here.

 


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Jackson County Housing Authority manages 401 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 383 7 7
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $323 $363 $1,012
Monthly Cost $123,521 $2,541 $7,084

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Jackson 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 28% having issued approximately 13 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 35 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 $11,820 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 54% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

70% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 68% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Jackson County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 44% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

10% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 50% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Jackson County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $278 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $397. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $77.



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 Jackson County Housing Authority

Murphysboro

715 Bridge St
Murphysboro, Illinois

Carbondale

111 N 2nd St
Elkville, Illinois

Carbondale

513 E Fisher St
Carbondale, Illinois

Murphysboro

233 N 13th St
Murphysboro, Illinois

Carbondale

300 S Marion St
Carbondale, Illinois

Murphysboro

300 N 7th St
Murphysboro, Illinois

Carbondale

1425 Old West Main St
Carbondale, Illinois