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Affordable Housing In Cicero
Cook County, Illinois

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Cicero

Courts of Cicero II and III

1638 S 51st Ave
Cicero, Illinois

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3401 S 55th Ave
Cicero, Illinois

Courts of Cicero

2513 S 57th Ct
Cicero, Illinois
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Housing Authorities that serve Cicero

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the Town of Cicero Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Cicero, Illinois

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 128 affordable apartments for rent in Cicero, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Cicero, Illinois

Cicero features 0 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 Cicero, Illinois

There are 128 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Cicero.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Cicero, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Cicero landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Cicero.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Cicero, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,169 and $1,429.

2021 Cicero, 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 $1,012 $1,122 $1,299 $1,649 $1,969
Payment Standard Range $911 to $1,113 $1,010 to $1,234 $1,169 to $1,429 $1,484 to $1,814 $1,772 to $2,166

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Cicero, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 128
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.96%
Average Renter Household Size 3.64
Average Household Size 3.86
Median Household Income $41,866 ±$1,280
Median Rent $857 ±$18
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.7% ± 3.84pp
Total Population 84,361

Population and Household Demographics

Cicero is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 84,361. There are 21,721 households in the city with an average household size of 3.86 persons. 50.96% of households in Cicero are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Cicero

The median gross income for households in Cicero is $41,866 a year, or $3,489 a month. The median rent for the city is $857 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Cicero, a household making less than $2,857 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.7% of households who rent are overburdened in Cicero.

Area Median Income In Cicero

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

In Cicero, 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 Cicero

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 Cicero

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