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Affordable Housing In Park Forest
Cook County, Illinois


Waiting List Openings In Park Forest

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of Cook County Senior Public Housing Open Now
Housing Authority of Cook County Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Now

4 Low Income Apartment Communities In Park Forest

Victory Centre of Park Forest

101 Main St
Park Forest, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Victory Centre of Park Forest

101 Main St
Park Forest, Illinois
62+
Elderly Supportive Housing

Garden House of Park Forest

69 Park Ave
Park Forest, Illinois
Subsidized

Golden Towers I

350 Juniper St
Park Forest, Illinois
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Housing Authorities that serve Park Forest

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Park Forest, Illinois

There are 4 low income housing apartment communities offering 661 affordable apartments for rent in Park Forest, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Park Forest, Illinois

Park Forest features 392 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 Park Forest, Illinois

There are 269 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Park Forest.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Park Forest, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Park Forest landlords $2,600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Park Forest.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Park Forest, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,123 and $1,373.

2020 Park Forest, 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 $956 $1,076 $1,248 $1,585 $1,888
Payment Standard Range $860 to $1,052 $968 to $1,184 $1,123 to $1,373 $1,427 to $1,744 $1,699 to $2,077

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Park Forest, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 4
Total Low Income Apartments 661
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 392
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.33%
Average Renter Household Size 2.49
Average Household Size 2.57
Median Household Income $44,040 ±$4,203
Median Rent $1,019 ±$65
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.3% ± 7.2pp
Total Population 21,928

Population and Household Demographics

Park Forest is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 21,928. There are 8,298 households in the city with an average household size of 2.57 persons. 37.33% of households in Park Forest are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Park Forest

The median gross income for households in Park Forest is $44,040 a year, or $3,670 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,019 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Park Forest, a household making less than $3,397 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.3% of households who rent are overburdened in Park Forest.

Area Median Income In Park Forest

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

In Park Forest, 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 Park Forest

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 Park Forest

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