About Springfield Housing Authority

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

The Springfield Housing Authority serves Sangamon County and Springfield.

Springfield Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Springfield Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Springfield Housing Authority covers Sangamon County, IL.

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on April 11, 2016 at 8:30 am, and is open indefinitely. It was last open from 2011 until 2013.

 

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

 

To apply during the opening period, complete a pre-application at the SHA office, located at 200 N 11th St., Springfield, IL 62703, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. After April 14, 2016, pre-applications will only be accepted on Tuesdays during the hours above.

 

The following documentation is required when submitting the pre-application: Original certified birth certificate, Social Security Card, and income verification for all members of the household; and photo ID for all adult (18+) members of the household.

 

The SHA has identified the following preferences: Resident of Sangamon County, IL; employed in Sangamon County for the past 12 months or resident who is unable to work due to disability. More information about each preference can be found on the public notice here.

 

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission, after sorting preferences.

 

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

 

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (217) 753-5757.

Last Updated on 07/14/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Springfield Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.  
 
Applications can be obtained in person during office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm) at 200 N. 11th Street, Springfield, Illinois, or can be requested to be mailed via telephone (217-753-5757). All applications MUST be submitted in person; mailed applications will NOT be accepted. Applications are ONLY accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  
 
When submitting an application, the applicant must provide thorough documentation with it in order for the application to be accepted and processed.  This documentation includes the following:
1.      Original certified birth records for all members of the household (photocopies and hospital certificates will not be accepted)
2.      Social Security cards for all members of the household (copies not accepted)
3.      Original photo ID for all household members aged 18 and over (copies not accepted)
4.      Landlord information on residences for the last 24 months, including landlord name and address (will be verified by mail)
5.      Proof of assets (e.g., stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts)
6.      Proof of income for all household members (will be verified), including the following:
a.       Employment information for all employed members of the household (five most recent paycheck stubs, employer name, and employer address Â?will be verified by mail)
b.      Documentation or current award letter of benefits received by any household members (pension, Social Security, disability, etc.)
c.       Documentation to verify the amount of any child support received
7.      Other documentation, as applicable:  marriage license, divorce decree, official separation papers, custody papers

For more information please visit the Housing Authority website at www.springfieldhousingauthority.org, or call them at 217-753-5757 during normal office hours Monday-Friday.
 

Last Updated on 08/31/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.  

The SHA offers 881 units throughout Springfield: 407 designated for families, 462 for seniors, 227 for special needs, and 12 for homeownership.
 
There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up a pre-application at the SHA in person, located at 200 N. 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday
  2. Call the SHA  to have a pre-application mailed to you at (217) 753-5757 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the SHA at the address above from 8:30 am until 11:00 am; and 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm, on Mondays and Tuesdays. Mailed pre-applications will not be accepted.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Original birth certificate, Social Security Card, landlord information, proof of assets, proof of income, employment information, award letter of benefits received (if applicable), child support received (if applicable), marriage license (if applicable), divorce decree (if applicable), official separation documents (if applicable), custody documents (if applicable).

The following documentation is required of all members of the household 18 years old or older: Photo ID.

The SHA has identified the following preferences: Local residency (25 points), working family (50 points), elderly (50 points), disabled (50 points).

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (217) 753-5757 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Last Updated on 08/31/2015.


About the Springfield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Springfield Housing Authority manages 2,091 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,875 19 52 28 94 14 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $459 $336 $582 $386 $1,224 $455 $360
Monthly Cost $860,305 $6,384 $30,251 $10,817 $115,086 $6,371 $3,243

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Springfield 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 21% having issued approximately 98 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 4 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 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,060 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 45% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% 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.

60% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 58% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

81% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 80% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Springfield Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 85% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Springfield Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $328 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $605. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $161.



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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