McHenry County Housing Authority

1108 N Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois 60098

McHenry County Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of December 5th, 2021, McHenry County Housing Authority has 8 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

McHenry County Housing Authority serves McHenry County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Congress Parkway Apartments Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Residences of Lake in the Hills 55+ Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Residences of Crystal Lake 55+ Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Cary Senior Living Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
3-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
GreenTrees of Huntley and SilverTrees of Richmond Open Until Further Notice
The Renaissance Apartments Open Until Further Notice
Berkshire Johnsburg 55+ Open Until Further Notice
McHenry County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Huntley Horizons, 62+ Closed
Creekview Apartments, 55+ Closed
Villas of Lake in the Hills Closed

Open McHenry County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

McHenry County Housing Authority Website: http://www.mchenrycountyhousing.org/.

McHenry County Housing Authority Phone: (815) 338-7752.

COVID-19 Update:

As of February 24, 2021, the MCHA website states "We are currently closed to the public, but assisting clients remotely"

more information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: Congress Parkway Apartments Project-Based Voucher 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 1, 2, and 3-Bedroomapartments at Congress Parkway Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from November 1, 2019, until further notice.

Congress Parkway Apartments is located in Crystal Lake, IL.

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "Congress Parkway Apartments" section.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Residences of Lake in the Hills 55+ Project-Based Voucher 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Near Elderly Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for Studio and 1-Bedroom apartments at Residences of Lake in the Hills is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "Residences of Lake in the Hills" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to McHenry County Housing Authority, 1108 N. Seminary Avenue, PO Box 1109, Woodstock, IL 60098.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Persons with disabilities transitioning from a licensed nursing facility into a private rental.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on February 24, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Residences of Crystal Lake 55+ Project-Based Voucher 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Near Elderly Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Residences of Crystal Lake is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application available online here. Scroll down to the "Residences of Crystal Lake" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Applicants referred to the landlord through the Statewide Referral Network (SRN), individual and applicant families that contain a veteran, or individual and applicant families that contain a person 62 years of age or older that is homeless and working with a McHenry County Continuum of Care homeless provider.

Selected applicants are 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 the MCHA on February 24, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Cary Senior Living Senior Project-Based Voucher 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Cary Senior Living is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "Residences of Crystal Lake" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to McHenry County Housing Authority, 1108 N. Seminary Avenue, PO Box 1109, Woodstock, IL 60098.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Persons referred from the Illinois Statewide Referral Network.

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 the MCHA on February 24, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Cary, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: 3-Bedroom 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Public Housing waiting list for 3-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2019, until further notice. 

According to the MCHA, "The McHenry County Housing Authority Public Housing Program consists of 23 3-bedroom single-family and duplex units throughout McHenry County."

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "Public Housing" section.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in McHenry County, Illinois. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: GreenTrees of Huntley and SilverTrees of Richmond 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Senior and Disabled waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at GreenTrees of Huntley and SilverTrees of Richmond is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "GreenTrees of Huntley and SilverTrees of Richmond" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to McHenry County Housing Authority, 1108 N. Seminary Avenue, PO Box 1109, Woodstock, IL 60098.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on February 24, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Richmond and Huntley, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: The Renaissance Apartments 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for Studio, 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at The Renaissance Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

  • Renaissance Apartments are located in a historical building, one block off of the Woodstock Square at 205 Dean Street, Woodstock, Illinois.

Please note: According to the MCHA, "These apartments are affordable but not subsidized, and applicants must provide income documentation that demonstrates an ability to pay rent."

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "The Renaissance Apartments" section.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on February 24, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Woodstock, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via Manager Noel DeLaurentis at (815) 338-7752 X 143 or email ndelaurentis@mchenrycountyhousing.org.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Berkshire Johnsburg 55+ 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 Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Near Elderly waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Berkshire Johnsburg is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least February, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application and background check form available online here. Scroll down to the "Berkshire Johnsburg" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Applicants living, working, or hired to work in McHenry County, applicants referred to the landlord through the Statewide Referral Network (SRN), individual and applicant families that contain a veteran, or individual and applicant families that contain a person that is homeless and working with a McHenry County Continuum of Care homeless provider. 

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 the MCHA on February 24, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in McHenry, Illinois.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (815) 338-7752.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

Other McHenry County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: McHenry County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 6, 2018, until February 13, 2018. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in McHenry County.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. 

The waiting list selection took place on March 15, 2018. Applicants placed on the waiting list had postcards mailed to them, and applicants not placed on the waiting list did not receive any notice.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Last Updated on 08/28/2019.

Closed: Huntley Horizons, 62+ Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 10/31/2019.

Closed: Creekview Apartments, 55+ Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 10/31/2019.

Closed: Villas of Lake in the Hills Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 04/13/2021.

About McHenry County Housing Authority

More information about McHenry County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.mchenrycountyhousing.org/.

Representatives of McHenry County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (815) 338-7752. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://mchenry.pha-web.com/wlstatus.aspx.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/05/2021, it is not known if McHenry 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 McHenry County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, McHenry County Housing Authority manages 822 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 770 12 40
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $781 $739 $676
Monthly Cost $601,301 $8,868 $27,020

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for McHenry 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 8% having issued approximately 111 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 54 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $13,180 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 23% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 70% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

35% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

18% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 9% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the McHenry County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 44% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

44% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 McHenry County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $311 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $791. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $143.



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 McHenry County Housing Authority

Mchenry Scattered Site

507 N Hart St
Harvard, Illinois