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 2020 Income Limits By County

    Persons In Family  
County Name Median Income 1 2 3 4 5 6 8
Alexander 63,600 23,450 26,800 30,150 33,500 36,200 38,900 44,250
Bond 70,000 25,200 28,800 32,400 35,950 38,850 41,750 47,500
Clinton 81,300 29,050 33,200 37,350 41,450 44,800 48,100 54,750
Coles 59,400 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
Crawford 66,100 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
Douglas 70,500 23,800 27,200 30,600 34,000 36,750 39,450 44,900
Fayette 55,900 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
Jackson 60,000 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
Jasper 74,100 25,150 28,750 32,350 35,900 38,800 41,650 47,400
Livingston 73,500 26,000 29,700 33,400 37,100 40,100 43,050 49,000
Macoupin 67,200 24,150 27,600 31,050 34,450 37,250 40,000 45,500
Massac 58,400 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
McDonough 69,200 25,100 28,700 32,300 35,850 38,750 41,600 47,350
Menard 76,400 28,850 33,000 37,100 41,200 44,500 47,800 54,400
Monroe 81,300 29,050 33,200 37,350 41,450 44,800 48,100 54,750
Moultrie 65,300 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
Perry 64,600 23,900 27,300 30,700 34,100 36,850 39,600 45,050
Pulaski 50,400 23,700 27,100 30,500 33,850 36,600 39,300 44,700
Randolph 67,900 24,200 27,650 31,100 34,550 37,350 40,100 45,650
Scott 63,600 24,050 27,500 30,950 34,350 37,100 39,850 45,350
Wabash 66,100 24,150 27,600 31,050 34,500 37,300 40,050 45,550

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