Rock Island Housing Authority

227 21 Street
Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois 61201

Rock Island Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rock Island, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of February 26th, 2020, Rock Island Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Lynden Lane 3 and 4-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Rock Island Housing Authority serves Rock Island.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Lynden Lane 3 and 4-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Rock Island, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
2-4 Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Rock Island Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Lynden Lane 3 and 4-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Rock Island Housing Authority​​​​​​ (RIHA) Lynden Lane Section 8 Project Based Voucher waiting list is currently opening soon. Applications for 3 and 4 Bedroom units will be accepted from September 3, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, submit an application at the Community Home Partners main office, located at 227-21st Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, contact the Rock Island Housing Authority​​​​​​.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (309) 788-0825.

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 09/03/2019.

Other Rock Island Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Rock Island, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rock Island Housing Authority (RIHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in April, 2019. There is no notice 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 Rock Island, Veterans, Working/Employed, or Victims of Domestic Violence.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, contact the Rock Island Housing Authority.

Last Updated on 08/23/2019.

Closed: 2-4 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Rock Island Housing Authority (RIHA) 2, 3, and 4 Bedroom Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in November, 2018.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the application at the RIHA office.
  2. Pick up the application at the RIHA office. 

Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been:

  1. Mailed to RIHA.
  2. Dropped off at the RIHA office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Working/Employed, Veterans, Victims of Domestic Violence.

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

For more information, contact the Rock Island Housing Authority.

Last Updated on 08/23/2019.

About Rock Island Housing Authority

Representatives of Rock Island Housing Authority may be available by phone at (309) 788-0825. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:30am to 5:00pm CT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 02/26/2020, it is not known if Rock Island 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.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

More information about the RIHA Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

Public Housing Program

More information about the RIHA Public Housing Program can be found here.


About the Rock Island Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rock Island Housing Authority manages 413 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 Family Unification Ported Out
Vouchers 260 1 19 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $540 $248 $734 $1,265
Monthly Cost $140,449 $248 $13,951 $3,796

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rock Island 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 19% having issued approximately 14 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $12,690 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 44% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 47% 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, 72% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 15% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% 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.

66% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 63% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

70% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 67% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rock Island Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 22% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 62% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 49% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Rock Island Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $299 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $605. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $121.



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 Rock Island Housing Authority

Sunset Heights

3130 9th St
Rock Island, Illinois

Spencer Towers

111 20th St
Rock Island, Illinois

Rockisland Manor

2703 7th St
Rock Island, Illinois