About Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb – Illinois
The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb was incorporated in 1946 as an Illinois Municipal Corporation. The mission of the Housing Authority is to positively impact lower income people by providing affordable housing. The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb was not very active until 1969 at which time the Housing Authority embarked on a building campaign to construct housing in DeKalb County.
What we are: A local government unit with county wide jurisdiction.
- Assisted households are members of every county community
- Programs are supported by rents and federal grants
- We do not levy local taxes, we do pay PILOT which is a formula based upon our unit count.
- The Housing Authority is governed by an unpaid five member board that are appointed by the county government.
List of commissioners can be found here
- FY 2022 Operating Revenues = 3.8 million
- Organization Chart can be viewed Here
Programs: Four federal programs:
- Housing Choice Voucher Program (tenant-based assistance)
- Low-Income Public Housing Program (unit-based assistance)
- Shelter Plus Care Program (chronically homeless and homeless persons with serious mental illness)
- Multi-Family Programs (unit-based assistance)
Programs: Quick Facts:
- 900 families/1,900 people assisted within the county
- 4.1 million paid to private property owners
- 11 buildings/389 units
- 628 vouchers
Public Housing (LI): 5 buildings, 280 units – 224 1 bedrooms, 56 2 & 3 bedrooms
- VAC Luncheon site
- NIU Nursing Students
- WiFi & Computer Lab
- Laundry facilities
- Video Surveillance System
- Key fob entry
- Resident “in-unit” viewing
- Average age is 51
Housing Choice Voucher (VL/LI): 628 units – 586 HCV, 25 Vouchers dedicated to VASH Program (Veterans), 17 Emergency Housing Vouchers, 6 Project Based Vouchers:
- Tenant makes a market driven choice
- The lease is between the landlord & tenant – HUD applies an addendum
- Tenant pays 30% of income to landlord, HA pays the balance directly to the landlord
For Families to get assistance they must be determined eligible. The applicant family must:
- Qualify as a family as defined by HUD
- Have income at or below HUD-specified income limit
- Qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members
- Provide social security number information for family members as required
- Consent to the Housing Authority’s collection and use of family information
- Not have engaged in criminal behavior (current or past)
- We have a “finite amount of assistance to provide”
- Approximately 2000 families on our waiting lists
- Local preferences giving priority to residents of DeKalb County, seniors, people with disabilities, and working families.
How are we doing?
- HUD has scored us as a High Performer through HUD’s Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS)
- Public Housing Properties maintain an average of 98% occupancy
- Housing Choice Voucher maintains 99% occupancy
- We are designated as a “High Performing” agency
HUD 2021 Income Limit Data: DeKalb County Area Median Income (AMI*) for a family of four is $88,400
- Low-Income (LI – 80%) is = <$70,100
- Very Low-Income (VLI – 50%) is = <$43,800
- Extremely Low-Income (ELI – 30%) = <$26,500
The National Low Income Housing Coalition states that an hourly wage of $19.15 is necessary to support rent & utilities for a modest 2 bedroom 1 bathroom unit in DeKalb County. For Persons working at minimum wage of $10.00 an hour, each week must work 72 hours to afford a modest 1 bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent. Affordable rent for a minimum wage worker is $520, affordable rent for SSI recipient is $235.
*HUD FY 2021 income Limits