Affordable Housing In Evanston
Cook County, Illinois

12 Low Income Apartment Communities In Evanston


Evanston, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Ann Rainey Apartments

1011 Howard Street
Evanston, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Over the Rainbow Unit II

2040 Brown Ave
Evanston, Illinois
Elderly Supportive Housing

Oak Tree Village

1471 Foster St
Evanston, Illinois

Jacob Blake Manor

1615 Emerson St
Evanston, Illinois
Elderly Supportive Housing

Evanston Apartments

824 Dobson St
Evanston, Illinois
Disabled Supportive Housing

Jane Perlman Apartments

1900 Sherman Ave
Evanston, Illinois

Claridge Apartments

319 Dempster St
Evanston, Illinois

Ebenezer Primm Towers

1001 Emerson St
Evanston, Illinois

Wesley - Greenbay

2014 Wesley Ave
Evanston, Illinois

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Evanston, 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 Evanston, 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 Evanston, Illinois

There are 12 low income housing apartment communities offering 553 affordable apartments for rent in Evanston, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Evanston, Illinois

Evanston features 467 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 Evanston, Illinois

There are 60 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Evanston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Evanston, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Evanston landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Evanston.

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

2022 Evanston, 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
Evanston, Illinois Fair Market Rent $1,059 $1,161 $1,340 $1,697 $2,018
Evanston, 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.

Evanston, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 12
Total Low Income Apartments 553
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 467
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.09%
Average Renter Household Size 2.07
Average Household Size 2.34
Median Household Income $70,041 ±$2,789
Median Rent $1,200 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.48% ± 3.96pp
Total Population 75,603

Population and Household Demographics

Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 75,603. There are 29,263 households in the city with an average household size of 2.34 persons. 45.09% of households in Evanston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Evanston

The median gross income for households in Evanston is $70,041 a year, or $5,837 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,200 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Evanston, a household making less than $4,000 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.48% of households who rent are overburdened in Evanston.

Area Median Income In Evanston

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

In Evanston, 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 Evanston

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 Evanston

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Evanston 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 Evanston 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 Evanston 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