Affordable Housing In Wheeling
Cook County, Illinois

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Wheeling

Wheeling Tower

200 N Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Blare Terrace

239 Park Ave
Wheeling, Illinois
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Scattered Sites

301 9th St
Wheeling, Illinois
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Wheeling, 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 Wheeling, 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 Wheeling, Illinois

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 161 affordable apartments for rent in Wheeling, Illinois.

Income Based Apartments in Wheeling, Illinois

Wheeling features 161 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 Wheeling, Illinois

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

Housing Choice Vouchers in Wheeling, Illinois

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

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

2022 Wheeling, 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
Wheeling, Illinois Fair Market Rent $1,059 $1,161 $1,340 $1,697 $2,018
Wheeling, 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Wheeling, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 161
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 161
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.59%
Average Renter Household Size 2.78
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $56,110 ±$2,519
Median Rent $1,104 ±$28
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.49% ± 6.49pp
Total Population 37,982

Population and Household Demographics

Wheeling is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 37,982. There are 14,132 households in the city with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 37.59% of households in Wheeling are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Wheeling

The median gross income for households in Wheeling is $56,110 a year, or $4,676 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,104 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Wheeling, a household making less than $3,680 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.49% of households who rent are overburdened in Wheeling.

Area Median Income In Wheeling

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

In Wheeling, 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 Wheeling

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 Wheeling

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Wheeling 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 Wheeling 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 Wheeling 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