WELCOME TO THE SECTION 8
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
The Section 8 housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing 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 and apartments
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies. The public housing agencies receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program. The Springfield Housing Authority administers the housing choice voucher program for Springfield, Illinois and Sangamon County
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. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA 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.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the public housing agency based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. 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, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. The Springfield Housing Authority can provide you with the income limits for Sangamon County and your family size.
During the application process, the Springfield Housing Authority will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition. The SHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank, and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment.
If the SHA determines that your family is eligible, the then your name will be placed on the waiting list, unless it is able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the SHA will contact you regarding additional information which may be required and to have fingerprints completed to screen from criminal history. Once this has taken place, then you will be sent a notice to attend a New Participant Briefing session and upon attendance of this session your voucher for housing assistance will be issued. The Springfield Housing Authority screens applicants based on criminal history. A qualified applicant may not have a misdemeanor for the last 3 years or any felonious activity for the last 10 years.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The Springfield Housing Authority is currently accepting applications. Applications may be picked up at the Springfield Housing Authority, 200 N 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703. All applications MUST be submitted in person, mailed applications will NOT be accepted.
Applications are accepted on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CURRENT VOUCHER HOLDERS
Congratulations on your participation in the housing choice voucher program. As a participant in the program you have certain obligations under the rules of the program
Tenant's Obligations: When a family selects a housing unit, and the PHA approves the unit and lease, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at least one year. The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord. After the first year the landlord may initiate a new lease or allow the family to remain in the unit on a month-to-month lease
When the family is settled in a new home, the family is expected to comply with the lease and the program requirements, pay its share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify the PHA of any changes in income or family composition. The family must also complete an annual recertification with the Springfield Housing Authority and the assisted unit will be inspected at least annually to ensure housing quality standard compliance.
You may see a list of dates to make changes to your income here. Changes in family composition can be made during any walk-in appointment time.
Walk-in Appointment Hours are are every Monday from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm and every Wednesday from 8:30am to 11:30am and again from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
WHO IS MY SECTION 8 SPECIALIST?
You may check the current case load listing here to determine who your Section 8 Specialist is. Cases are assigned to a specialist based on the last name of the Head of Household. Please contact your specialist with any questions you may have concerning your housing choice voucher and program participation.
LOOKING FOR A NEW UNIT OR HOUSE?
Is it time to move? Looking for another home or unit in a different neighborhood? You need to complete a 30 day notice in our office. See the upcoming 30 day notice dates and times here.
Check out our property listings below. These are updated on a regular basis and the information is obtained directly from Landlords who already have a relationship with SHA.
You can also print your Request for Tenancy Approval Packet for the new landlord to complete below. You must see your specialist to submit your request for tenancy during regular walk-in appointment hours. You must also bring all of the information requested on the front page of the RFTA packet. Be sure that the packet has been completed in full by yourself and the prospective new landlord. Any packets which are incomplete or missing required documentation will not be accepted.