Affordable Housing In Des Plaines
Cook County, Illinois

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Des Plaines

Midtown Crossing

751 Graceland Avenue
Des Plaines, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
Disabled Supportive Housing

Frances Manor

1270 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines, Illinois
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Henrich House

1301 Ashland Avenue
Des Plaines, Illinois

Franklin Park Towers

1301 Ashland Ave
Des Plaines, Illinois
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Des Plaines, Illinois

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Des Plaines, Illinois

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Cook County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Des Plaines, Illinois

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 363 affordable apartments for rent in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Des Plaines, Illinois

Des Plaines features 330 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 Des Plaines, Illinois

There are 33 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Des Plaines.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Des Plaines, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Des Plaines landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Des Plaines.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Des Plaines, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,206 and $1,474.

2022 Des Plaines, 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
Des Plaines, Illinois Fair Market Rent $1,059 $1,161 $1,340 $1,697 $2,018
Des Plaines, Illinois Payment Standard Range $953 to $1,165 $1,045 to $1,277 $1,206 to $1,474 $1,527 to $1,867 $1,816 to $2,220

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Des Plaines, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 363
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 330
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 21.83%
Average Renter Household Size 2.38
Average Household Size 2.62
Median Household Income $65,109 ±$2,577
Median Rent $1,058 ±$81
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 42.31% ± 5.49pp
Total Population 58,930

Population and Household Demographics

Des Plaines is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 58,930. There are 22,191 households in the city with an average household size of 2.62 persons. 21.83% of households in Des Plaines are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Des Plaines

The median gross income for households in Des Plaines is $65,109 a year, or $5,426 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,058 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Des Plaines, a household making less than $3,527 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 42.31% of households who rent are overburdened in Des Plaines.

Area Median Income In Des Plaines

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

In Des Plaines, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $107,800

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 Des Plaines

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 Des Plaines

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Des Plaines AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$21,900 $25,000 $28,150 $31,250 $33,750 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Des Plaines AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$36,500 $41,700 $46,900 $52,100 $56,300 $60,450 $64,650 $68,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Des Plaines AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$58,350 $66,700 $75,050 $83,350 $90,050 $96,700 $103,400 $110,050