Winnebago County Housing Authority

3617 Delaware Street
Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois 61102

Winnebago County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rockford, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 19th, 2019, Winnebago County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Winnebago County Housing Authority serves Stephenson County and Winnebago County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Stephenson County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Winnebago County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Winnebago County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Winnebago County Housing Authority (WCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the WCHA Housing Program page here, and click on a property. Phone number and email contact information can be found on the property page.
  2. Complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the WCHA website, or call the office at (815) 963-2133.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 8159632133.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/21/2018.

Other Winnebago County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Stephenson County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Winnebago County Housing Authority (WCHA): Stephenson County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in February 2017. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

300 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the WCHA website, or call the office at (815) 963-2133.

Last Updated on 02/21/2018.

Closed: Winnebago County, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Winnebago County Housing Authority (WCHA): Winnebago County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for six days in February 2018. 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: Terminated from HCV program due to insufficient funding, live in Winnebago County, veteran or surviving spouse of veteran, head of household or spouse is employed for 20+ hours per week (elderly/disabled also qualify).

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

For more information, visit the WCHA website, or call the office at (815) 963-2133.

Last Updated on 02/21/2018.

About Winnebago County Housing Authority

Representatives of Winnebago County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (815) 963-2133. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/19/2019, it is not known if Winnebago County Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Winnebago County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Winnebago County Housing Authority manages 750 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 Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 450 1 21 10 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $456 $185 $598 $981 $337
Monthly Cost $205,392 $185 $12,554 $9,810 $3,033

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Winnebago County 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 26% having issued approximately 23 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 -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $12,920 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 55% 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, 21% 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.

56% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 55% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 68% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Winnebago County 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. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Winnebago County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $344 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $511. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $107.



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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