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 2021 Income Limits By County/City

 

Persons In Family

County Name

Median Income

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Alexander

62,800

22,300

25,500

28,700

31,850

34,400

36,950

39,500

42,050

Bond

77,000

26,400

30,200

33,950

37,700

40,750

43,750

46,750

49,800

Clinton

84,900

29,750

34,000

38,250

42,450

45,850

49,250

52,650

56,050

Coles

63,300

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

Crawford

65,900

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

Douglas

68,100

23,850

27,250

30,650

34,050

36,800

39,500

42,250

44,950

Fayette

56,400

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

City of Freeport

63,700

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

Jackson

59,600

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

Jasper

68,300

23,950

27,350

30,750

34,150

36,900

39,650

42,350

45,100

Livingston

74,100

25,950

29,650

33,350

37,050

40,050

43,000

45,950

48,950

Macoupin

68,900

24,150

27,600

31,050

34,450

37,250

40,000

42,750

45,500

Massac

60,500

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

McDonough

72,200

25,300

28,900

32,500

36,100

39,000

41,900

44,800

47,700

Menard

85,500

29,950

34,200

38,500

42,750

46,200

49,600

53,050

56,450

Monroe

84,900

29,750

34,000

38,250

42,450

45,850

49,250

52,650

56,050

Moultrie

72,100

24,850

28,400

31,950

35,500

38,350

41,200

44,050

46,900

City of Pawnee

85,500

29,950

34,200

38,500

42,750

46,200

49,600

53,050

56,450

Perry

64,800

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

Pulaski

51,400

23,800

27,200

30,600

33,950

36,700

39,400

42,100

44,850

Randolph

69,900

24,500

28,000

31,500

34,950

37,750

40,550

43,350

46,150

Scott

70,600

24,750

28,250

31,800

35,300

38,150

40,950

43,800

46,600

Wabash

71,000

24,850

28,400

31,950

35,500

38,350

41,200

44,050

46,900

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