About Madison County Housing Authority

The Madison County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Collinsville, Illinois.

The Madison County Housing Authority serves Madison County, Alton, Highland, East Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey, Wood River, Collinsville, Troy, Granite City, Venice, Marine, Madison, Maryville, South Roxana, Edwardsville, Alhambra and Worden.

Madison County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Madison County Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. The HCV waiting list was last open for one month from June 2016 until July 2016; and prior to that in May 2015, and in 2011.

Please note: These waiting lists have preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. On June 17, 2016, visit the Bernard Long Elementary School.
  2. On June 18, 2016, visit the Alton High School.
  3. From June 20, 2016 until July 20, 2016, visit the MCHA Central Office.
  4. From June 20, 2016 until July 20, 2016, contact the MCHA to request an application be mailed to you.
Once the application was completed, it must have been:

  1. Hand delivered to the MCHA Central Office.
  2. Mailed to the MCHA.
Mailed applications must have been postmarked by July 20, 2016.

These waiting list have the following preferences: Resident, veteran, disabled, working, education/job training, nursing home resident, involuntarily displaced, disabled veteran, graduate of Transitional Housing Program, need for Onsite Support Services for Seriously Mentally Ill. Further explanation of each preference can be found online here.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website, or call the office at (618) 345-5142.

Last Updated on 07/20/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Madison County Housing Authority is now accepting applications for the family public housing waiting list.

There are two apartment complexes that are accepting waiting list applications and they are:

Alton Point
1001 Alton Point Circle  Alton, IL

Meachum Crossing
928 Bob Collins St.  Venice, IL

The waiting list has a 1 1/2 year to 3 year wait.

This Housing Authority does not have a website, but you can apply by going to the Central office located at:  1609 Olive Street  Collinsville, IL 62234, during normal business hours.

For more information the Housing Authority can be reached at: 618-345-5142 

Last Updated on 07/20/2016.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List: Closed

The Madison County Housing Authority (MCHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list waiting list applications at this time. This waiting list was last open for one month from June 2016 until July 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: These waiting lists have preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

These waiting lists have the following preferences: Resident, veteran, disabled, working, education/job training, nursing home resident, involuntarily displaced, disabled veteran, graduate of Transitional Housing Program, need for Onsite Support Services for Seriously Mentally Ill. The John Hamm III Apartments and Tyrone Echols Apartments waiting lists have the following additional preferences: Displaced from an urban renewal area, displaced by government action, displaced by major disaster. Further explanation of each preference can be found online here.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website, or call the office at (618) 345-5142.

Last Updated on 07/20/2016.


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

As of March 31st, 2016 the Madison County Housing Authority manages 932 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 821 2 107 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $515 $623 $546 $518
Monthly Cost $423,134 $1,245 $58,441 $1,036

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 Operated by Madison County Housing Authority

150 S Aurora St
Northgate Homes is a 234 unit low income housing apartment community in Collinsville.
1636 Market St
Washington Avenue Apartments is a 43 unit low income housing apartment community in Madison.
1022 Alton Pointe Circle Dr
Alton Pointe Apartments is a 84 unit low income housing apartment community in Alton.
1319 Skoklo Way
Meachum Crossing Apartments is a 78 unit low income housing apartment community in Venice.
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Affordable Apartments near Madison County Housing Authority

617 Valley Drive
Township Village Apartments is a 122 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in East Alton. Rents at Township Village Apartments are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
1710 Munyvista Drive
Hillcrest Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Alton.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
20 Marian Heights Dr
Marian Heights Apartments is a 128 unit low income housing apartment community in Alton.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units