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 2017 Income Limits By County

  Persons In Family    
County Name Median Income 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alexander 59,000 20,650 23,600 26,550 29,450 31,850 34,200 36,550 38,900
Bond 64,400 22,550 25,800 29,000 32,200 34,800 37,400 39,950 42,550
Clinton 74,500 26,100 29,800 33,550 37,250 40,250 43,250 46,200 49,200
Coles 55,300 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,650 35,050 37,450 39,900
Crawford 64,200 22,500 25,700 28,900 32,100 34,700 37,250 39,850 42,400
Douglas 67,000 23,450 26,800 30,150 33,500 36,200 38,900 41,550 44,250
Fayette 55,200 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,650 35,050 37,450 39,900
Jackson 54,000 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,650 35,050 37,450 39,900
Jasper 63,800 22,350 25,550 28,750 31,900 34,500 37,050 39,600 42,150
Livingston 68,200 23,900 27,300 30,700 34,100 36,850 39,600 42,300 45,050
Macoupin 63,000 22,050 25,200 28,350 31,500 34,050 36,550 39,100 41,600
Massac 53,800 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,650 35,050 37,450 39,900
McDonough 60,700 21,250 24,300 27,350 30,350 32,800 35,250 37,650 40,100
Menard 75,500 26,450 30,200 34,000 37,750 40,800 43,800 46,850 49,850
Monroe 74,500 26,100 29,800 33,550 37,250 40,250 43,250 46,200 49,200
Moultrie 58,400 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,650 35,050 37,450 39,900
Perry 56,800 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,350 35,050 37,450 39,900
Pulaski 49,800 21,150 24,200 27,200 30,200 32,650 35,050 37,450 39,900
Randolph 63,500 22,250 25,400 28,600 31,750 34,300 36,850 39,400 41,950
Wabash 62,500 21,900 25,000 28,150 31,250 33,750 36,250 38,750 41,250

 

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 information
  • Sign required consent forms
  • Pass screening process

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 Section 8 Jurisdiction Map.pdf