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Madison County Housing Authority

2 Eastport Plaza Dr
Collinsville, Madison County, Illinois 62234

Madison County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of October 29th, 2020, Madison County Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Alton Pointe Apartments and Woodland Park Apartments Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Braner Building and Olin Building Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Madison County Housing Authority serves Madison County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Alton Pointe Apartments and Woodland Park Apartments Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Braner Building and Olin Building Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Madison County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Collinsville Commons Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Closed
May Building and Stevens Building Senior and Disabled Project Based Section 8 Closed
John Hamm III Apartments, Market Street Homes, Meachum Crossing, and Tyrone Echols Apartments Mixed Income Housing Closed

Open Madison 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.

Madison County Housing Authority Website: http://mchail.org/.

Madison County Housing Authority Phone: (618) 345-5142.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if these waiting lists are still open. As of April 1, 2020, the website says:

"Due to the “stay at home” order issued by Governor Pritzker, the administrative office and property management offices will be closed from March 23 through April 7."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Alton Pointe Apartments and Woodland Park Apartments 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments at Alton Pointe Apartments and Woodland Park Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the paper application that is online here.

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

  1. Mailed to the Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA), Application Department, 2 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.
  2. Dropped off in person to the MCHA Central office, located at the address mentioned above.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the Madison County Housing Authority, and its website, as of March 5, 2020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (618) 345-5142.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Braner Building and Olin Building Senior and Disabled 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 Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for Senior and Disabeld Public Housing apartments at Braner Building and Olin Building is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the paper application that is online here.

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

  1. Mailed to the Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA), Application Department, 2 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.
  2. Dropped off in person to the MCHA Central office, located at the address mentioned above.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the Madison County Housing Authority, and its website, as of March 5, 2020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (618) 345-5142.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

Other Madison County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Madison County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 29, 2020, until March 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. In person applications were accepted from 8:00 am through 4:00 pm at the following locations on the following dates:
    • February 29, 2020: Alton Middle School
    • March 2, 2020: Granite City Township Hall
  2. March 3, 2020 through March 31, 2020 applications were taken Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm at the MCHA Central Office.
  3. Call MCHA.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Residency Preference: Families, who live, work or have been hired to work in Madison County (10 Points)
  • Veteran Preference: Families whose Head, Spouse or Co-Head is a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces, a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran (8 Points)
  • Disability Preference: Families whose Head, Spouse, Co-Head is disabled, as defined under Federal Civil Rights Laws (24 CFR Parts8.3, 25.104 and 100.201) (15 Points)
  • Working Preference: Families whose Head, Spouse or Co-Head is employed 20 or more hours a week. Elderly applicants will be awarded the 20 points working preference; disabled applicants who already receive 15 points for their disability will be awarded an additional 5 points to equal the 20 point working preference (20 Points)
  • Educational/Training Participants Preference: Families whose Head, Spouse or Co-Head is a graduate of or a participant in educational or training programs designed to prepare for the job market. (10 Points)
  • Nursing Home Residents Preference: Persons who are current Nursing Home residents in need of housing elsewhere (10 Points)
  • Involuntary Displacement Preference: Families who are being or have been displaced due to either a formally declared disaster or government action or actions taken by the owner/agent of the unit (30 Points)
  • Disabled Veteran Preference: Families whose Head, Spouse or Co-Head is a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces, a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran and is disabled, as defined under Federal Civil rights Laws ((24 CFR Parts8.3, 25.104 and 100.201) (23 Points)
  • Graduates of the Transitional Housing Program Preference: Families who have graduated from Madison County Community Development’s Transitional Housing Program (10 Points)
  • Need for Onsite Support Services for Seriously Mentally Ill: Applies only to Collinsville Commons Apartments (Need is documented by a locus Score between 7 and 27 points)

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 MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the MCHA, and its website, as of March 5, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 08/28/2020.

Closed: Collinsville Commons Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

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

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for Senior and Disabled Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Collinsville Commons is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

Please note: As of March, 2020, a downloadable application appears next to these communities on the MCHA How to Apply page. However, Affordable Housing Online has confirmed with a MCHA representative that the waiting list for this community is closed.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the Madison County Housing Authority, and its website, as of March 6, 2020.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

Closed: May Building and Stevens Building Senior and Disabled Project Based Section 8 Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for Senior and Disabled Project Based Section 8 apartments at May Building and Stevens Building is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

Please note: As of March, 2020, a downloadable application appears next to these communities on the MCHA How to Apply page. However, Affordable Housing Online has confirmed with a MCHA representative that the waiting list for these communities is closed.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the Madison County Housing Authority, and its website, as of March 6, 2020.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

Closed: John Hamm III Apartments, Market Street Homes, Meachum Crossing, and Tyrone Echols Apartments Mixed Income Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for Mixed Income housing apartments at John Hamm III Apartments, Market Street Homes, Meachum Crossing, and Tyrone Echols Apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

Please note: As of March, 2020, a downloadable application appears next to these communities on the MCHA How to Apply page. However, Affordable Housing Online has confirmed with a MCHA representative that the waiting list for these communities is closed.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the Madison County Housing Authority, and its website, as of March 6, 2020.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

About Madison County Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Madison County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (618) 345-5142. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/29/2020, it is not known if Madison County Housing Authority 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 Madison County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Madison County Housing Authority manages 888 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 796 11 78 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $516 $644 $503 $866
Monthly Cost $410,747 $7,089 $39,210 $2,597

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Madison 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 34 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 24 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 $14,470 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 46% 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 49% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 12% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

58% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.

75% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 74% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Madison County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 33% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 72% 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, 48% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Madison County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $353 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $593. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $207.



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 Madison County Housing Authority

Northgate Homes

150 S Aurora St
Collinsville, Illinois

Washington Avenue Apartments

1636 Market St
Madison, Illinois

Alton Pointe Apartments

1022 Alton Pointe Circle Dr
Alton, Illinois

Meachum Crossing Apartments

1319 Skoklo Way
Venice, Illinois

Low Income Housing Managed by Madison County Housing Authority

Woodland Park Apartments

80 Burlington Dr
Collinsville, Illinois