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Affordable Housing In Chicago
Cook County, Illinois

744 Low Income Apartment Communities In Chicago

Alfred Barnett Duster Apartments

150 S Campbell Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Northtown Village Apartments

1311 N Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Wentworth Commons

11045 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Lidia Pucinska Annex

847 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Hilliard Homes

2031 S Clark St
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Armour Square Annex

3210 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Hattie Callner Apartments

855 W Aldine Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Elizabeth Davis Apartments

440 N Drake Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Lincoln Perry Apartments & Lincoln Perry Annex

3245 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Judge Fisher Apartments

5821 N Broadway St
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Housing Authorities that serve Chicago

Housing Authority Programs
Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
Housing Authority of Cook County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Chicago, Illinois

There are 744 low income housing apartment communities offering 86,677 affordable apartments for rent in Chicago, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago features 57,391 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 Chicago, Illinois

There are 28,792 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chicago.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chicago, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Chicago landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Chicago.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chicago, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,123 and $1,373.

2020 Chicago, 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 $956 $1,076 $1,248 $1,585 $1,888
Payment Standard Range $860 to $1,052 $968 to $1,184 $1,123 to $1,373 $1,427 to $1,744 $1,699 to $2,077

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Chicago, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 744
Total Low Income Apartments 86,677
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 57,391
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.71%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Average Household Size 2.57
Median Household Income $48,522 ±$405
Median Rent $965 ±$4
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.18% ± 0.56pp
Total Population 2,717,534

Population and Household Demographics

Chicago is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 2,717,534. There are 1,035,436 households in the city with an average household size of 2.57 persons. 55.71% of households in Chicago are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chicago

The median gross income for households in Chicago is $48,522 a year, or $4,044 a month. The median rent for the city is $965 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chicago, a household making less than $3,217 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.18% of households who rent are overburdened in Chicago.

Area Median Income In Chicago

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 Chicago, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cook County.

In Chicago, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $91,000

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 Chicago

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 Chicago

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $19,150 $21,850 $24,600 $27,300 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $31,850 $36,400 $40,950 $45,500 $49,150 $52,800 $56,450 $60,100
80% of Median $51,000 $58,250 $65,550 $72,800 $78,650 $84,450 $90,300 $96,100