Waukegan Housing Authority

215 South Martin Luther King Avenue
Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois 60085
(847) 244-8500

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

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.

Waukegan Housing Authority serves Waukegan.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Waukegan, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Unknown

Other Waukegan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Waukegan, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Waukegan Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in April, 2019. Before that, it was open for one week from March until April, 2015; and in 2008. 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 here.

Last Updated on 06/10/2019.

Unknown: 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.

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.

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

About the Waukegan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Waukegan Housing Authority manages 754 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 597 27 18 37 75
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $700 $778 $651 $935 $612
Monthly Cost $418,001 $20,999 $11,721 $34,600 $45,866

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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