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Rockford Housing Authority

223 S Winnebago Street
Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois 61102

Rockford Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 24th, 2020, Rockford Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Rockford Housing Authority serves Rockford.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Rockford, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Mod Rehab Closed
Project Based Closed

Open Rockford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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.

Rockford Housing Authority Website: https://rockfordha.org/.

Rockford Housing Authority Phone: (815) 489-8520.

Open Until Further Notice: 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Public Housing Waiting List

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) waiting list for Family Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least September, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, open and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Application Checklist" and select the "Application Form" button.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the Centralized Applications Processing office, located on the first floor of the RHA Central Office, at:

Rockford Housing Authority

ATTN: Centralized Applications Processor

223 S. Winnebago Street

Rockford, IL 61102

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Continuum of Care: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is participating in the Rock River Homeless Coalition
  • Disaster: Families who have been displaced by local, state, or Federal declared disaster
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency: Families whose head of household is enrolled in an economic self-sufficiency program(definition from law).
  • Education or Training: Families whose head of household is enrolled in licensed or certified education or training.
  • Elderly or Disabled: Families whose head of household, spouse, or co-head is elderly(62+ years) or disabled.
  • Elderly/Disabled Working Preference Benefit: Families in which the head AND spouse or co-head(or head of sole member household) is a person age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities, will be also be given the benefit of the working preference.
  • Homeless: Families who meet HUD's definition of homeless.
  • Near Eldery: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is near-elderly(50+ years)
  • Olmstead: SODC member referred by SRN
  • Prioritization for Urgency of Needs for Services: Participants on the State of Illinois PUNS list. The PHA will offer an absolute preference to any family that has been terminated from its HCV program do to insufficient program funding.
  • Residency - Local: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is a resident of OR works within the City of Rockford.
  • Single Point of Entry: Families referred by the Community Action Agency Coordinated Entry System(Single Point of Entry)
  • Veterans: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is a veteran and was discharged from the military under any circumstances other than dishonorable.
  • Working: Families whose head of household is working at least 10 hours per week.
  • Youth: Applicant who was in the custody of the child welfare system on or before his or her 18th birthday, but has not yet reached the age of 24.

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

For more information, visit the RHA Rental Properties Application Info page, or the RHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Rockford, 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) 489-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/04/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior and Disabled 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 Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) waiting list for Senior and Disabled Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least September, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, open and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Application Checklist" and select the "Application Form" button.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the Centralized Applications Processing office, located on the first floor of the RHA Central Office, at:

Rockford Housing Authority

ATTN: Centralized Applications Processor

223 S. Winnebago Street

Rockford, IL 61102

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Continuum of Care: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is participating in the Rock River Homeless Coalition
  • Disaster: Families who have been displaced by local, state, or Federal declared disaster
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency: Families whose head of household is enrolled in an economic self-sufficiency program(definition from law).
  • Education or Training: Families whose head of household is enrolled in licensed or certified education or training.
  • Elderly or Disabled: Families whose head of household, spouse, or co-head is elderly(62+ years) or disabled.
  • Elderly/Disabled Working Preference Benefit: Families in which the head AND spouse or co-head(or head of sole member household) is a person age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities, will be also be given the benefit of the working preference.
  • Homeless: Families who meet HUD's definition of homeless.
  • Near Eldery: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is near-elderly(50+ years)
  • Olmstead: SODC member referred by SRN
  • Prioritization for Urgency of Needs for Services: Participants on the State of Illinois PUNS list. The PHA will offer an absolute preference to any family that has been terminated from its HCV program do to insufficient program funding.
  • Residency - Local: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is a resident of OR works within the City of Rockford.
  • Single Point of Entry: Families referred by the Community Action Agency Coordinated Entry System(Single Point of Entry)
  • Veterans: Families whose head, spouse, or co-head is a veteran and was discharged from the military under any circumstances other than dishonorable.
  • Working: Families whose head of household is working at least 10 hours per week.
  • Youth: Applicant who was in the custody of the child welfare system on or before his or her 18th birthday, but has not yet reached the age of 24.

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

For more information, visit the RHA Rental Properties Application Info page, or the RHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Rockford, 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) 489-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/04/2020.

Other Rockford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Rockford, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 12, 2019, until September 16, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening time, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

2,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA Application Info page, or the RHA website.

Last Updated on 11/12/2019.

Closed: Mod Rehab Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Mod Rehab waiting list for all bedroom sizes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted until September 16, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to open and print the paper application online.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Local Preference - Applicant household has a permanent physical residence in Winnebago County, IL.
  • Local Employment Preferences – Families whose head spouse or co-head is a resident of or works within the City of Rockford.
  • Employment Preferences – Families whose head of household is working at least 10 hours a week.
  • Involuntarily Displaced Preference – Applies to victims of Natural Disaster that has to be declared by a local, state, or federal government entity(fire, flood, earthquake, etc.) Participant is a State or Federal Witness Protection Program verifiable by local, state or federal government entity.
  • Elderly and/or Disabled Preference – Elderly preference applies when the head of the household, spouse, or co-head is aged 62 or older. Disabled preference applies to any adult member of the household who is disabled.
  • Homeless Preference – Designated social service agencies certifies the family is homeless or providing a letter from a homeless shelter.
  • Veteran Preference – Applies to applicant that the head of household, spouse, or co-head is a current member of the military, a veteran, or the surviving spouse of a veteran.
  • Near Elderly – Applies to persons who are 50 to 61 years of age that are the head of household, spouse, or co-head.
  • Educational Preference – If the head of household, spouse, or co-head is currently enrolled in, or a graduate in the last six months of a school training program designed to prepare enrollees for the job market.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Last Updated on 09/16/2019.

Closed: Project Based Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Project Based waiting list for all bedroom sizes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted until September 16, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to open and print the paper application online.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Local Preference - Applicant household has a permanent physical residence in Winnebago County, IL.
  • Local Employment Preferences – Families whose head spouse or co-head is a resident of or works within the City of Rockford.
  • Employment Preferences – Families whose head of household is working at least 10 hours a week.
  • Involuntarily Displaced Preference – Applies to victims of Natural Disaster that has to be declared by a local, state, or federal government entity(fire, flood, earthquake, etc.) Participant is a State or Federal Witness Protection Program verifiable by local, state or federal government entity.
  • Elderly and/or Disabled Preference – Elderly preference applies when the head of the household, spouse, or co-head is aged 62 or older. Disabled preference applies to any adult member of the household who is disabled.
  • Homeless Preference – Designated social service agencies certifies the family is homeless or providing a letter from a homeless shelter.
  • Veteran Preference – Applies to applicant that the head of household, spouse, or co-head is a current member of the military, a veteran, or the surviving spouse of a veteran.
  • Near Elderly – Applies to persons who are 50 to 61 years of age that are the head of household, spouse, or co-head.
  • Educational Preference – If the head of household, spouse, or co-head is currently enrolled in, or a graduate in the last six months of a school training program designed to prepare enrollees for the job market.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Last Updated on 09/16/2019.

About Rockford Housing Authority

More information about Rockford Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://rockfordha.org/.

Representatives of Rockford Housing Authority may be available by phone at (815) 489-8520. 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 https://rockfordha.org/resident-options/rha-rental-properties/application-waiting-list/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/24/2020, it is not known if Rockford 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 Rockford Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rockford Housing Authority manages 1,647 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:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,420 13 90 40 76
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $518 $469 $417 $546 $398
Monthly Cost $735,518 $6,100 $37,569 $21,846 $30,236

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rockford 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 14% having issued approximately 106 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 33 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 $11,881 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 62% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

53% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

80% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 76% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rockford Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% 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. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Rockford Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $302 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $592. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $125.



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 Rockford Housing Authority

Blackhawk Courts

1518 Seminary St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Orton Keyes Courts

633 Ranger St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Family & Senior

North Main Manor

505 N Main St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Fairgrounds Valley

1031 W Jefferson St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Family & Senior

Olesen Plaza

511 N Church St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
62+
Elderly Supportive Housing

Scattered Sites

2504 Anderson St
Rockford, Illinois

Scattered Sites

1133 Benton St
Rockford, Illinois

Scattered Sites Acq

2221 N Winnebago St
Rockford, Illinois

Park Terrace

1000 Chamberlain St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
62+
Elderly Supportive Housing

Jane Addams Park Apartments

502 Seminary St
Rockford, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
62+
Disabled Supportive Housing
Elderly Supportive Housing