River West

312 S Merriman St, Peoria, Illinois 61605

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River West Details

  • 200 units.
  • Accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)

About River West

Colonel John Warner Homes was 433 units of distressed public housing that stood within sight of the Illinois River and the international corporate headquarters of the Caterpillar Company. Telesis planned and managed the comprehensive redevelopment of the mixed-income community that is known today as RiverWest.

Telesis designed a master plan for the neighborhood’s redevelopment that received a $16 million HOPE VI award and leveraged an additional $30 million in private and public investment. During construction, the project included a new job-training program through local unions to help Housing Authority residents access new jobs within walking distance of their homes.

The new RiverWest neighborhood, now some of Peoria’s best rental housing, is helping to generate renewal in Peoria’s downtown.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)

Since this property has received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, a certain number of units are set aside for lower income households. Households must earn either less than 50% or 60% of the area median income (depending on the set-aside option chosen by the property owner) to qualify for these units. Rents in these units are capped at a maximum of 30% of the set-aside area median income (adjusted for unit size). Some rental units in this property may not be subject to LIHTC and therefore have higher rents and no maximum household income requirement.

Peoria Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

Generally, households earning up to the income limit in the table below for their household size are eligible for units participating in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program in Peoria but actual income limits may differ for units at River West.

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
Very Low Income (50%) $26,950 $30,800 $34,650 $38,450 $41,550 $44,650 $47,700 $50,800
Low Income (60%) $32,340 $36,960 $41,580 $46,140 $49,860 $53,580 $57,240 $60,960

River West was built in part with financing obtained through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. In addition to providing apartments for low-income households, this property could include some market rate units. Households earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) qualify for targeted rental units in LIHTC financed housing. This property may also designate units for renters with even lower incomes, from 60% of AMI down to 30% AMI. It is even possible that all units have been set aside for those with extremely low incomes (as low as 15% of AMI). This means that the same size unit can rent for different amounts based on the income of the renter.

Figuring out income and rent limits for affordable housing can be complex especially when more than one federal program is involved. To know for sure if you qualify, you must contact the property directly. The amounts provided here should only be used as a basic guide.

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