About Rockford Housing Authority

The Rockford Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Rockford, Illinois.

The Rockford Housing Authority serves Rockford.

Rockford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Rockford County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families.

To apply for housing you can pick  up an application at the apartment complex you you want to apply or you may apply at the Rockford Housing Authority central office located at: 223 S. Winnebago St  Rockford, IL 61102.

Completed applications can be hand delivered to the Property Manager where you want to apply or to the Central Housing Authority office.

For more information you can see their website at www.rockfordha.org or call the housing authority with any questions at: 815-489-8500.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Rockford Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in April 2015, and prior to that in 2006. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

In the first five days of the Rockford Housing Authority opening it's waiting list, more than 9,000 households applied. The RHA used a random lottery to select 2,500 of those households to be on the waiting list.

Applications were accepted online only.

If chosen, the housing authority will notify you via postal mail no later than May 31, 2015. If you do not receive a letter by that date, your application was not drawn by lottery and you will not be placed on the waiting list.

Preferences were:
-- Families whose head of household: 
    -  is working at 10 hours a week
    -  is enrolled in licensed or certified education or training
    -  is enrolled in Economic Self Sufficiency (definition from law)
-- Families whose head, spouse or co-head:
    -  is Elderly/Disabled
    -  is a veteran and was discharged from the military under any circumstances other than dishonorable
    -  is near elderly
    -  is a resident of the city of Rockford
-- Families who have been displaced by local, state or federal declared disaster
-- Families who meet HUDs definition of homeless

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Rockford County Housing Authority is now accepting public housing applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The family apaprtment units managed by the housing authority are located in three different communities:

Orton Keys (623 Ranger Rockford, IL 61109) is a 175 unit complex that offers onsite daycare services and a neighborhood network center that offers computer classes.


Fairgrounds Valley (1015 Jefferson Rockford, IL 61103) is a 210 unit complex that offers many after school activities for the children.

Blackhawk Courts (338 15th Avenue Rockford, IL) is a 196  that offers onsite daycare services and has The Boys and Girls Club.

The senior apartment units managed by the housing authority are located in 4 different communities:

North Main Manor (505 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103) is a 187 unit with heat, water, and gas are included in the rent.


Olesen Plaza (511 N. Church St. Rockford, IL 61103) is a 151 unit complex.

Brewington Oaks A and B is located near downtown and  heat, water, and gas are included in the rent. 

Park Terrace (1000 Chamberlain Rockford IL) is a 183 unit complex and on the RMTD bus line. Heat, water, and gas are included in the rent.
The Rockford County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families.

To apply for housing you can pick  up an application at the apartment complex you you want to apply or you may apply at the Rockford Housing Authority central office located at: 223 S. Winnebago St  Rockford, IL 61102.

Completed applications can be hand delivered to the Property Manager where you want to apply or to the Central Housing Authority office.

For more information you can see their website at www.rockfordha.org or call the housing authority with any questions at: 815-489-8500.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.


About the Rockford Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rockford Housing Authority manages 1,545 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 1,399 10 9 39 79
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $533 $338 $145 $651 $380
Monthly Cost $745,219 $3,380 $1,302 $25,395 $30,034

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 Operated by Rockford Housing Authority

1518 Seminary St
Rockford, Illinois
Blackhawk Courts is a 196 unit low income housing apartment community in Rockford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
514 Score St
Rockford, Illinois
Orton Keyes Courts is a 175 unit low income housing apartment community in Rockford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
505 N Main St
Rockford, Illinois
North Main Manor is a 187 unit low income housing apartment community in Rockford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
1031 W Jefferson St
Rockford, Illinois
Fairgrounds Valley is a 210 unit low income housing apartment community in Rockford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
511 N Church St
Rockford, Illinois
Olesen Plaza is a 151 unit low income housing apartment community in Rockford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing