Affordable Housing In Ottawa
Alexander County, Illinois

Affordable Housing programs support 494 income based apartments in Ottawa where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 207 affordable apartments in Ottawa that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Ottawa, Illinois

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Ottawa. Go to the Illinois Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Ottawa.

Turnberry Court Apartments

2811 Champlain St
Ottawa, Illinois
$310-992
1-3 BR
Market Rate
Affordable

Anthony Place at Ottawa

727 Clinton Street
Ottawa, Illinois
1 BR
62+
55+
Affordable

Ottawa Country Place Apartments

701 W McKinley St
Ottawa, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted

Gracefield Apartments

2727 Cherie Lane
Ottawa, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Woodcrest Apartments

1410 Dakota Drive
Ottawa, Illinois
Rent Assisted

Ottawa Place Hr - 491 Seminole Drive

Seminole Dr
Ottawa, Illinois
Affordable

Manor House Apartments 1

2100 Somerset Dr
Ottawa, Illinois
Affordable

Manor House Apartments 2

2101 Somerset Dr
Ottawa, Illinois
Affordable

Manor House Apartments 3

2108 Somerset Dr
Ottawa, Illinois
Affordable

Ottawa Place Senior Apartments

401 Jim Thomas Cir
Ottawa, Illinois
Affordable
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Public Housing Agencies Serving Ottawa, 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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Alexander County Housing Authority Public Housing
Menard County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Go to the Illinois Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Ottawa.

Ottawa, Illinois Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Ottawa, Illinois

Ottawa features 494 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 Ottawa, Illinois

There are 207 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ottawa.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ottawa, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Ottawa landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Ottawa.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ottawa, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $784 and $958.

2023 Ottawa, 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
Ottawa, Illinois Fair Market Rent $597 $680 $871 $1,238 $1,372
Ottawa, Illinois Payment Standard Range $537 to $657 $612 to $748 $784 to $958 $1,114 to $1,362 $1,235 to $1,509

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Ottawa, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 12
Total Low Income Apartments 701
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 494
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 38.21%
Average Renter Household Size 2.33
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $46,477 ±$4,122
Median Rent $721 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.7% ± 7.35pp
Total Population 18,565

Population and Household Demographics

Ottawa is a city in Alexander County, Illinois with a population of 18,565. There are 7,605 households in the city with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 38.21% of households in Ottawa are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ottawa

The median gross income for households in Ottawa is $46,477 a year, or $3,873 a month. The median rent for the city is $721 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ottawa, a household making less than $2,403 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.7% of households who rent are overburdened in Ottawa.

Area Median Income In Ottawa

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 Ottawa, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alexander County.

In Ottawa, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,400

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 Ottawa

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 Ottawa

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Ottawa AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,950 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Ottawa AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$24,950 $28,500 $32,050 $35,600 $38,450 $41,300 $44,150 $47,000
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Ottawa AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$39,900 $45,600 $51,300 $56,950 $61,550 $66,100 $70,650 $75,200