Springfield Housing Authority

200 N 11th Street
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois 62703

Springfield Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Springfield, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of September 18th, 2019, Springfield Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Sangamon County, Illinois General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on September 22nd, 2019. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Springfield Housing Authority serves Sangamon County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Sangamon County, Illinois General Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Sangamon County, Illinois Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Springfield Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: Sangamon County, Illinois General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from August 19, 2019 at 8:30 am, until August 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm CT. Applications will then be accepted again from August 26, 2019, until further notice. Applications were last accepted from August 13, 2019, until August 15, 2019.

To apply during the opening period, complete an application at the SHA Administrative office, located at 200 N 11th St in Springfield, Illinois 62703; from 8:30 am until 11:30 am; and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Details of the required documents are listed here.

According to the SHA "All applicants MUST be interviewed by a Section 8 Specialist who will review the application for completeness, accuracy and ensure that appropriate signatures have been obtained. Applications submitted by mail, fax, or internet WILL NOT be accepted."

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Local Resident: Residency Preference must be demonstrated by having a permanent physical residence within the jurisdictional area of Sangamon County. Physical residence shall be defined as a domicile with a mailing address, other than a post office box, for which the applicant can produce one or more of the following; a lease or a purchase agreement, utility bills showing the claimed residence address, or two pieces of first class mail addressed to a member of the applicant household at the claimed address.
  • Local Employment: Applicant households in which a member of the household (head, spouse or sole member) is currently employed in Sangamon County for twelve (12) consecutive months or longer. Eligibility for Local Employment Preference must be demonstrated by third party employment verification. Applicants in Sangamon County where the head and spouse, or sole members is age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities will also be awarded this preference.

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

For more information, read the SHA public notice, visit the SHA section 8 page, or visit the SHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (217) 753-5757.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/19/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Springfield Housing Authority Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least January 7, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.
 
There are three ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Scroll down to the section titled "How do I apply for Public Housing?" and select the "Springfield Housing Authority Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application at at 200 N. 11th Street, Springfield, Illinois; Monday-Friday, 8:30 am until 11:30 am; and 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm CT.
  3. Call (217) 753-5757 to request an application by mail.

Required documents needed when submitting the application can be found here. Scroll down to the section titled "What do I bring to apply?"

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the SHA at the address above on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Local residency; Working family; Elderly; Disabled. 

For more information, visit the SHA waiting list page here, and the SHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (217) 753-5757.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/07/2019.

Other Springfield Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Sangamon County, Illinois Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) Mainstream (Disabled) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from January until March 5, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the SHA, the Mainstream Voucher Program, "is a rent subsidy program for low and moderate income households WITH a family member(s) who has a disability. This includes those households that are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated setting, or at serious risk of institutionalization, or homeless or at risk of homelessness."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete an application at the SHA office.

This waiting list had 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; Non-Elderly Disabled household member transitioning out of institutional or other segregated setter, or at serious risk of institutionalization, or homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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

For more information, visit the SHA Section 8 page here.

Last Updated on 04/09/2019.

About Springfield Housing Authority

More information about Springfield Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.springfieldhousingauthority.org/. Representatives of Springfield Housing Authority may be available by phone at (217) 753-5757. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:00am to 4:30pm CT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 04/04/2019, Springfield Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Springfield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Springfield Housing Authority manages 1,931 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 1,658 17 55 23 138 28 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $498 $411 $685 $417 $992 $478 $400
Monthly Cost $825,058 $6,991 $37,673 $9,600 $136,906 $13,372 $3,604

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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