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 2018 Income Limits By County

  Persons In Family    
County Name Median Income 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alexander 64,600 22,650 25,850 29,100 32,300 34,900 37,500 40,100 42,650
Bond 66,700 23,350 26,700 30,050 33,350 36,050 38,700 41,400 44,050
Clinton 76,800 26,900 30,750 34,600 38,400 41,500 44,550 47,650 50,700
Coles 58,700 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
Crawford 69,200 24,250 27,700 31,150 34,600 37,400 40,150 42,950 45,700
Douglas 68,300 23,950 27,350 30,750 34,150 36,900 39,650 42,350 45,100
Fayette 53,800 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
Jackson 57,000 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
Jasper 70,300 24,650 28,150 31,650 35,150 38,000 40,800 43,600 46,400
Livingston 70,000 24,500 28,000 31,500 35,000 37,800 40,600 43,400 46,200
Macoupin 65,000 22,750 26,000 29,250 32,500 35,100 37,700 40,300 42,900
Massac 53,700 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
McDonough 66,500 23,300 26,600 29,950 33,250 35,950 38,600 41,250 43,900
Menard 78,500 27,500 31,400 35,350 39,250 42,400 45,550 48,700 51,850
Monroe 76,800 26,900 30,750 34,600 38,400 41,500 44,550 47,650 50,700
Moultrie 61,200 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
Perry 60,900 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
Pulaski 47,000 22,400 25,600 28,800 31,950 34,550 37,100 39,650 42,200
Randolph 64,700 22,650 25,900 29,150 32,350 34,950 37,550 40,150 42,750
Scott 64,200 22,500 25,700 28,900 32,100 34,700 37,250 39,850 42,400
Wabash 65,600 23,000 26,250 29,550 32,800 35,450 38,050 40,700 43,300

 

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