Mercer County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
Mercer County Housing Authority serves Mercer County.
|Mercer County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
|Senior and Disabled Public Housing||Unknown|
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.
Mercer County Housing Authority Website: https://www.mercercountyha.org/.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month from August until September, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the MCHA office.
Once the application has been completed, it must have been postmarked no later than Sept. 5, 2019 and mailed to the MCHA office.
Preferences have not yet been confirmed.
Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.
For more information, contact the Mercer County Housing Authority.
Last Updated on 10/05/2019.
How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting ListThe status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.
Last Updated on 07/30/2019.
More information about Mercer County Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.mercercountyha.org/.
As of 07/13/2020, it is not known if Mercer 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Mercer County Housing Authority manages 17 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:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$265|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 23% having issued approximately 1 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 2 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.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $9,741 per year. 100% of households were very low income (VLI) and 82% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 50% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
-1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% 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.
32% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.
9% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 9% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Mercer County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 36% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Mercer County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $237 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $418. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $131.
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.