Oak Park Housing Authority

21 South Boulevard
Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois 60302

Oak Park Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Oak Park, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of January 28th, 2020, Oak Park Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The The Oaks, Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Mills Park Tower, Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Ryan Farrelly Apartments, Mobility Disabled Other Disabled Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Oak Park Housing Authority serves Oak Park.

Oak Park Housing Authority does not operate a Family Public Housing program.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
The Oaks, Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Mills Park Tower, Senior Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Ryan Farrelly Apartments, Mobility Disabled Open Until Further Notice
Oak Park, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Oak Park Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: The Oaks, Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

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

The Oak Park Housing Authority (OPHA) waiting list for Senior and Disabled Public Housing apartments at The Oaks is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, contact the community at the points of contact listed online here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local residency.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OPHA Elderly & Disabled Housing page, or OPHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (708) 386-9322.

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 10/11/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Mills Park Tower, Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Oak Park Housing Authority (OPHA) waiting list for Senior Public Housing apartments at Mills Park Tower is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, contact the community at the points of contact listed online here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local residency.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OPHA Elderly & Disabled Housing page, or OPHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (708) 386-9322.

Last Updated on 10/11/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Ryan Farrelly Apartments, Mobility Disabled Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Disabled Waiting List

The Oak Park Housing Authority (OPHA) waiting list for Mobility Disabled Public Housing apartments at Ryan Farrelly Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, contact the community at the points of contact listed online here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local residency.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OPHA Elderly & Disabled Housing page, or OPHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (708) 386-9322.

Last Updated on 10/11/2019.

Other Oak Park Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Oak Park, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Oak Park Housing Authority (OPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in March, 2004. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work or are hired to work in Oak Park.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences. According the OPHA website, the OPHA "selected 1,800 applicants who claimed a Residency Preference and 200 applicants who did not claim a Residency Preference. The two lists were then combined and each of the 2,000 applicants were then randomly assigned a position on the Waiting List."

For more information, visit the OPHA website.

Last Updated on 10/08/2019.

About Oak Park Housing Authority

More information about Oak Park Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://oakparkha.org/.

Representatives of Oak Park Housing Authority may be available by phone at (708) 386-9322. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 01/28/2020, it is not known if Oak Park 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 Oak Park Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Oak Park Housing Authority manages 420 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, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 390 2 18 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $810 $487 $702 $621
Monthly Cost $315,882 $973 $12,635 $6,205

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Oak Park 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 5% having issued approximately 104 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 44 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $14,820 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 33% 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.

27% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Oak Park Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 42% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

53% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 8% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% 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 Oak Park Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $369 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $947. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $52.



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 Oak Park Housing Authority

Mills Park Towers

1025 Pleasant Pl
Oak Park, IL