Rockford Housing Authority

223 S Winnebago Street
Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois 61102

Rockford Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rockford, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 16th, 2019, Rockford Housing Authority has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Rockford, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 16th, 2019. The Mod Rehab Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 16th, 2019. The Project Based Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 16th, 2019. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Rockford Housing Authority serves Rockford.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Rockford, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Mod Rehab Open Now
Project Based Open Now
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Rockford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: 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 open. Applications are being accepted from September 12, 2019 at 8:00 am, until September 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening time, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the RHA HCV Application Info page, or the RHA 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) 489-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/12/2019.

Open Now: 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 open. Applications are being accepted since at least September, 2019, until September 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, open and print the paper application online here.

This waiting list has 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 will be placed on the waiting list, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA 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) 489-8500.

Last Updated on 09/05/2019.

Open Now: 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 open. Applications are being accepted since at least September, 2019, until September 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, open and print the paper application online here.

This waiting list has 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 will be placed on the waiting list, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RHA 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) 489-8500.

Last Updated on 09/05/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) waiting list for 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

For more information, visit the RHA Rental Properties Application Info page, or the RHA 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) 489-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/10/2019.

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 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 09/16/2019, 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 most recent VMS report, Rockford Housing Authority manages 1,528 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,323 12 59 48 78
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $516 $335 $386 $590 $386
Monthly Cost $682,570 $4,025 $22,769 $28,337 $30,133

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.


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