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Affordable Housing In Chester
Randolph County, Illinois

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chester

Chesterton Manor Apartments

1420 Court St
Chester, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

The Manor at Craig Farms

3030 State St
Chester, Illinois

Koeneman Acres

214 Opdyke St
Chester, Illinois
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Housing Authorities that serve Chester

Housing Authority Programs
Randolph County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Chester, Illinois

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 285 affordable apartments for rent in Chester, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Chester, Illinois

Chester features 245 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Chester, Illinois

There are 40 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chester.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chester, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Chester landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Chester.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chester, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $630 and $770.

2020 Chester, Illinois Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Fair Market Rent $475 $572 $700 $936 $1,055
Payment Standard Range $428 to $523 $515 to $629 $630 to $770 $842 to $1,030 $950 to $1,161

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Chester, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 285
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 245
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 30.3%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Average Household Size 2.44
Median Household Income $41,764 ±$5,896
Median Rent $615 ±$53
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.05% ± 14.97pp
Total Population 8,592

Population and Household Demographics

Chester is a city in Randolph County, Illinois with a population of 8,592. There are 2,267 households in the city with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 30.3% of households in Chester are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chester

The median gross income for households in Chester is $41,764 a year, or $3,480 a month. The median rent for the city is $615 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chester, a household making less than $2,050 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.05% of households who rent are overburdened in Chester.

Area Median Income In Chester

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Chester, the AMI is calculated from all households within Randolph County.

In Chester, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $69,100

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Chester

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Chester

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,550 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $24,200 $27,650 $31,100 $34,550 $37,350 $40,100 $42,850 $45,650
80% of Median $38,750 $44,250 $49,800 $55,300 $59,750 $64,150 $68,600 $73,000