MCHA Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), often referred to as Section 8, is a Federal program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing of their choice in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses or apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. The program also allows its participants to use the voucher after the first year of admissions (if the applicant was not a current resident of our jurisdiction when they applied) anywhere in the nation. This segment of the program is entitled Portability.

Menard County Housing Authority administers Housing Choice Vouchers that allow families to rent in the private market and receive a subsidy towards their rent. With this assistance, residents are able to pay approximately 30-40 percent of their annual adjusted income toward rent, while the MCHA pays the remainder.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by the Menard County Housing Authority. MCHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence if it meets program requirements and is located within the housing authority’s jurisdiction. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety as determined by the MCHA. The rent must be verified by MCHA as reasonable. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord/owner directly by the MCHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

HCV Eligibility

Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the MCHA based on the total annual gross income and family size. Participation in this program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status as defined by HUD. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, the MCHA must provide 75 percent of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income (Federal extremely-low category). Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.

FY 2019 Income Limits By County

  Persons In Family    
County Name Median Income 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alexander 63,600 22,300 25,450 28,650 31,800 34,350 36,900 39,450 4,200
Bond 70,000 24,500 28,000 31,500 3,500 37,800 40,600 43,400 46,200
Clinton 81,300 28,500 32,550 36,600 40,650 43,950 47,200 50,450 53,700
Coles 59,400 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Crawford 66,100 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Douglas 70,500 24,700 28,200 31,750 35,250 38,100 40,900 43,750 46,550
Fayette 55,900 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Jackson 60,000 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Jasper 74,100 25,950 29,650 33,350 37,050 40,050 4,300 45,950 48,950
Livingston 73,500 25,750 29,400 33,100 36,750 39,700 42,650 45,600 48,550
Macoupin 67,200 23,550 26,900 30,250 33,600 36,300 39,000 41,700 44,400
Massac 58,400 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
McDonough 69,200 24,250 27,700 31,150 34,600 37,400 40,150 42,950 45,700
Menard 76,400 26,750 30,600 34,400 38,200 41,300 44,350 47,400 50,450
Monroe 81,300 28,500 32,550 36,600 40,650 43,950 47,200 50,450 53,700
Moultrie 65,300 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Perry 64,600 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Pulaski 50,400 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Randolph 67,900 23,800 27,200 30,600 33,950 36,700 39,400 42,100 44,850
Scott 63,600 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800
Wabash 66,100 23,250 26,550 29,850 33,150 35,850 38,500 41,150 43,800

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant families must meet the following requirements:
  • Meet HUD’s definition of family
  • Meet income limits specified by HUD
  • Qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status
  • Provide social security number verification
  • Sign required consent forms
  • Pass screening process (criminal background check)

Jurisdiction (HCV Coverage Area)

MCHA’s voucher jurisdiction consists of a number of counties in Illinois. See the link for a map of our jurisdiction.

MCHA Voucher Jurisdiction Map