About Knox County Housing Authority

The Knox County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Galesburg, Illinois.

The Knox County Housing Authority serves Knox County, Galesburg, Wataga, Knoxville and Yates City.

Knox County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Knox County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Knox County Housing Authority (KCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently open. It opened in December 2014, and is open indefinitely. This waiting list was last open in June 2012.

 

There are two ways to apply:

 

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the KCHA office, located at 216 W. Simmons Street, Galesburg, IL. from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, Monday-Thursday. 

 

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be dropped off to the KCHA office at the address above.

 

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in Knox County, employed or enrolled in higher education or job training, veteran, elderly, disabled, homeless, victim of domestic violence, displaced, rent burdened, living in substandard housing. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

 

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

 

For more information, visit the KCHA website, or call the office at (309) 342-8129.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Knox County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.

The housing authority has three apartment complexes ranging from 2-4 bedrooms for families and two complexes dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing please visit their website at www.knoxhousing.org to print and complete an application.  You can also stop by the Housing Authority central office located at 216 W. Simmons St., Galesburg, IL 61401.

Once you have completed you application please mail or hand deliver to the above address.

The housing authority lists the following preferences that may improve your spot on the waiting list as:

Living and or working in Knox County (32 pts)
Employed for 4 or more months (16 pts)
Veteran (8 pts)
Displaced (4 pts)
Applicants that spend more than 50% on rent and basic utilities (2 pts)

For any other questions or for more information please contact the Housing Authority by calling 309-342-8129 or visit their website at www.knoxhousing.org.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Knox County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.

The housing authority has three apartment complexes ranging from 2-4 bedrooms for families and two complexes dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

The housing authority lists the following preferences that may improve your spot on the waiting list as:

Living and or working in Knox County (32 pts)
Employed for 4 or more months (16 pts)
Veteran (8 pts)
Displaced (4 pts)
Applicants that spend more than 50% on rent and basic utilities (2 pts)
The Knox County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.

The housing authority has three apartment complexes ranging from 2-4 bedrooms for families and two complexes dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing please visit their website at www.knoxhousing.org to print and complete an application.  You can also stop by the Housing Authority central office located at 216 W. Simmons St., Galesburg, IL 61401.

Once you have completed you application please mail or hand deliver to the above address.

The housing authority lists the following preferences that may improve your spot on the waiting list as:

Living and or working in Knox County (32 pts)
Employed for 4 or more months (16 pts)
Veteran (8 pts)
Displaced (4 pts)
Applicants that spend more than 50% on rent and basic utilities (2 pts)

For any other questions or for more information please contact the Housing Authority by calling 309-342-8129 or visit their website at www.knoxhousing.org.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Knox County Housing Authority manages 190 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 183 1 6
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $341 $258 $955
Monthly Cost $62,481 $258 $5,730

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Knox 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 21% having issued approximately 8 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $13,634 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 59% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% 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 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% 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 17% 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.

55% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 54% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

38% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 32% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Knox County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 47% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

12% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 43% with 3 or more bedrooms. 35% 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 Knox County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $347 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $394. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $172.



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.


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