Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in Illinois

Find applications for 13 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Illinois. There are 112 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 1,664,048 renter households in Illinois. Among these, 9.8 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 49 waiting lists open in Illinois.

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Illinois Housing Authorities

Alexander County Housing Authority

Alexander County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Aurora Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Aurora, Illinois Closed

Aurora Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Bureau County Housing Authority

Bureau County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Carroll County Housing Authority

Carroll County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Chicago Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Chicago, Illinois Closed

Chicago Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Clark County Housing Authority

Clark County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Clay County Housing Authority

Clay County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Decatur Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Macon County, Illinois Closed

Decatur Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Dewitt County Housing Authority

Dewitt County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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DuPage Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Dupage County, Illinois Closed

DuPage Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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East Peoria Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
East Peoria and Tazewell County, Illinois Closed

East Peoria Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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East St. Louis Housing Authority

East St. Louis Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Edwards County Housing Authority

Edwards County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Effingham County Housing Authority

Effingham County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Franklin County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Franklin County, Illinois Closed

Franklin County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Fulton County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Fulton County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Fulton County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Granite City Housing Authority

Granite City Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Greater Metropolitan Area Housing Authority of Rock Island County

Waiting List Status
Greater Metropolitan Area Housing Authority of Rock Island County Closed

Greater Metropolitan Area Housing Authority of Rock Island County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Grundy County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Grundy County, Illinois Open Until Further Notice

Grundy County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Habitat Property Management Corp

Habitat Property Management Corp serves Illinois.

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Hamilton County Housing Authority

Hamilton County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Hancock County Housing Authority

Hancock County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Henderson County Housing Authority

Henderson County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority - City of Alton

Housing Authority - City of Alton serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority - County of Saline

Housing Authority - County of Saline serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority County of Coles

Housing Authority County of Coles serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority for LaSalle County

Waiting List Status
LaSalle and Grundy County, Illinois Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority for LaSalle County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Adams County

Housing Authority of Adams County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Calhoun County

Housing Authority of Calhoun County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Cass County

Housing Authority of Cass County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Champaign County

Waiting List Status
Champaign County, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of Champaign County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Christian County Illinois

Housing Authority of Christian County Illinois serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Cook County

Waiting List Status
Cook County, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of Cook County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Edgar County

Housing Authority of Edgar County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Elgin

Waiting List Status
Elgin Area, Illinois Open Soon

Housing Authority of Elgin is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, but will begin accepting applications for waiting list soon.

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Housing Authority of Gallatin County

Housing Authority of Gallatin County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Greene County

Housing Authority of Greene County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Henry County

Waiting List Status
Henry and Stark County, Illinois Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Henry County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Jefferson County

Housing Authority of Jefferson County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Johnson County

Housing Authority of Johnson County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Joliet

Waiting List Status
Will County, IL Closed

Housing Authority of Joliet is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of McDonough County

Waiting List Status
McDonough County, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of McDonough County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Mt. Vernon Illinois

Housing Authority of Mt. Vernon Illinois serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Park Forest

Waiting List Status
Park Forest, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of Park Forest is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of Piatt County

Housing Authority of Piatt County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Pope County

Housing Authority of Pope County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of Pulaski County

Housing Authority of Pulaski County serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington

Waiting List Status
McLean County, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Freeport

Housing Authority of the City of Freeport serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the City of Marion

Waiting List Status
Marion, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Marion is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of North Chicago

Waiting List Status
North Chicago, Illinois Closed

Housing Authority of the City of North Chicago is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pekin

Housing Authority of the City of Pekin serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Bond

Housing Authority of the County of Bond serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Boone

Housing Authority of the County of Boone serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Brown

Housing Authority of the County of Brown serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Cumberland Il.

Housing Authority of the County of Cumberland Il. serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb

Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Ford

Housing Authority of the County of Ford serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Hardin

Housing Authority of the County of Hardin serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Il.

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Il. serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of McLean Ill.

Housing Authority of the County of McLean Ill. serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Richland

Housing Authority of the County of Richland serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Shelby Il.

Housing Authority of the County of Shelby Il. serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Union

Housing Authority of the County of Union serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Wabash Il.

Housing Authority of the County of Wabash Il. serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the County of Wayne Illinois

Housing Authority of the County of Wayne Illinois serves Illinois.

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Housing Authority of the Town of Cicero

Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the Town of Cicero Closed

Housing Authority of the Town of Cicero is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opport.

Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opport. serves Illinois.

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Illinois Housing Development Authority

Illinois Housing Development Authority serves Illinois.

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Jackson County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Jackson County, Illinois Closed

Jackson County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Jersey County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Jersey County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Jersey County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Jo Daviess County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Jo Daviess County, Illinois Closed

Jo Daviess County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Kankakee County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Kankakee County Housing Authority Closed

Kankakee County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Kendall Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Kendall County, Illinois Closed

Kendall Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Knox County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Knox County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Knox County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Lake County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lake County, Illinois Closed

Lake County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Lee County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Lee County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Lee County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Livingston County Housing Authority

Livingston County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Logan County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Logan County Housing Authority Closed

Logan County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Macoupin County Housing Authority

Macoupin County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Madison County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Madison County, Illinois Closed

Madison County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Marion County Housing Authority

Marion County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Mason County Housing Authority

Mason County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Massac County Housing Authority

Massac County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Maywood Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Maywood, Illinois Closed

Maywood Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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McHenry County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
McHenry County, Illinois Closed

McHenry County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Menard County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Multi-County, Illinois Closed

Menard County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Mercer County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Mercer County, Illinois Closed

Mercer County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Mobile County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Mobile County Housing Authority Closed

Mobile County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Moline Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Moline, Illinois Closed

Moline Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Montgomery County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Montgomery County, Illinois Closed

Montgomery County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Morgan County Housing Authority

Morgan County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Oak Park Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Oak Park, Illinois Closed

Oak Park Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Ogle County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Ogle County, Illinois Closed

Ogle County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Peoria Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Peoria, Illinois Closed
Peoria, Illinois Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Open Until Further Notice

Peoria Housing Authority is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Perry County Housing Authority

Perry County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Pike County Housing Authority

Pike County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Quincy Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Quincy, Illinois Closed

Quincy Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Randolph County Housing Authority

Randolph County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Rock Island Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Rock Island, Illinois Closed

Rock Island Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Rockford Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Rockford, Illinois Closed

Rockford Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Scott County Housing Authority

Scott County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Springfield Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Sangamon County, Illinois Open Until Further Notice

Springfield Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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St. Clair County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
St. Clair County, Illinois Open Until Further Notice

St. Clair County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Vermilion Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Vermilion County, Illinois Closed

Vermilion Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Warren County Housing Authority

Warren County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Waukegan Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Waukegan, Illinois General Closed

Waukegan Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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White County Housing Authority

White County Housing Authority serves Illinois.

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Whiteside County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Whiteside County Housing Authority Closed

Whiteside County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Williamson County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Williamson County, Illinois Open Until Further Notice

Williamson County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Winnebago County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Stephenson County, Illinois Closed
Winnebago County, Illinois Closed

Winnebago County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Woodford County Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Woodford County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Woodford County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Illinois?

As of February 23, 2024, AHO is tracking 1 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 12 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 13 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 0 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in Illinois in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 49 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Illinois.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in Illinois in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Illinois were kept open an average of 477 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 38.8% were open seven days or less and 10.2% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 49% of waiting lists in Illinois that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Illinois increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 32.7% of waiting list applications in in Illinois over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Illinois?

Random lotteries were used by 20.4% of housing authorities in Illinois to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in Illinois before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 25 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Illinois.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Illinois?

HCV households served by housing authorities in Illinois include:

  • 31% headed by seniors
  • 22% with a person with a disability
  • 39% with children
  • 30% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Illinois?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in Illinois, VLI households make up 95% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 80% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.