Waukegan Housing Authority

215 South Martin Luther King Avenue
Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois 60085

Waukegan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Waukegan, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Mainstream Voucher, and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of December 12th, 2019, Waukegan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Waukegan, Illinois Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Waukegan Housing Authority serves Waukegan.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Waukegan, Illinois Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Waukegan, Illinois General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Unknown

Open Waukegan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Waukegan, Illinois Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Waukegan Housing Authority (WHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from September 10, 2019 at 12:01 am CT, until further notice.

Please note: According to the WHA, "In order to qualify for the MVP program, your household MUST include a non-elderly (age 18 - 61) person with a disability who is:

  • Transitioning out of institutional or other segregated setting, or
  • At serious risk of institutionalization, or
  • Homeless, or
  • At risk of becoming homeless."

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

    According to the WHA, "Applicants are reminded that no applications will be accepted at any of the Waukegan Housing Authority offices."

    Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

    Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

    For more information, visit the WHA website.

    Reasonable Accommodation

    Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (847) 625-4622 or (847) 625-4615 daily from 9:00am - 4:00pm excluding weekend.

    Next Steps

    Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

    Last Updated on 09/18/2019.

    Other Waukegan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

    Closed: Waukegan, Illinois General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

    How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

    The Waukegan Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from April 10, 2019, until April 17, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

    This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in the city of Waukegan, working/employed, veterans and homeless.  

    Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

    For more information, visit the WHA website.

    Last Updated on 09/16/2019.

    Unknown: Public Housing Waiting List

    How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

    The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

    Last Updated on 04/09/2019.

    About Waukegan Housing Authority

    More information about Waukegan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://waukeganhousing.com.

    Representatives of Waukegan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (847) 244-8500. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

    Open today from 8:00am to 5:00pm CT.

    Office Hours

    Day Hours
    Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm
    Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
    HCV Portability Status

    As of 03/26/2019, Waukegan 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.

    Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

    More information about the WHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

     

    Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

    More information about the WHA VASH program can be found here.

    Family Unification Program (FUP) Program

    More information about the WHA Family Unification Program can be found here.


    About the Waukegan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

    As of the most recent VMS report, Waukegan Housing Authority manages 747 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

    Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
    Vouchers 607 26 17 29 68
    Monthly Cost Per Voucher $689 $790 $623 $964 $602
    Monthly Cost $417,973 $20,547 $10,599 $27,943 $40,921

    Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Waukegan 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 16% having issued approximately 52 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 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 $12,919 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 48% 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, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

    52% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

    92% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 83% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

    Of all households participating in the Waukegan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 24% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

    Bedroom Size and Overhousing

    36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Waukegan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $300 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $761. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $110.



    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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