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Affordable Housing In Ford Heights
Cook County, Illinois


Waiting List Openings In Ford Heights

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of Cook County Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

2 Low Income Apartment Communities In Ford Heights

Celina Blake Homes

1425 Drexel Ave
Ford Heights, Illinois

Vera Yates Homes

1044 E 11th St
Ford Heights, Illinois
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Housing Authorities that serve Ford Heights

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ford Heights, Illinois

There are 2 low income housing apartment communities offering 216 affordable apartments for rent in Ford Heights, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Ford Heights, Illinois

Ford Heights features 216 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 Ford Heights, Illinois

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ford Heights.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ford Heights, Illinois

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

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

2021 Ford Heights, 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.

Ford Heights, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2
Total Low Income Apartments 216
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 216
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 68.91%
Average Renter Household Size 2.17
Average Household Size 2.68
Median Household Income $21,050 ±$8,120
Median Rent $839 ±$82
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 64.11% ± 14.18pp
Total Population 2,780

Population and Household Demographics

Ford Heights is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 2,780. There are 1,039 households in the city with an average household size of 2.68 persons. 68.91% of households in Ford Heights are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ford Heights

The median gross income for households in Ford Heights is $21,050 a year, or $1,754 a month. The median rent for the city is $839 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ford Heights, a household making less than $2,797 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 64.11% of households who rent are overburdened in Ford Heights.

Area Median Income In Ford Heights

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

In Ford Heights, 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 Ford Heights

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 Ford Heights

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