Cook County Housing Authority

175 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 350, Chicago, IL, 60604

Cook County

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About Cook County Housing Authority

As the second largest provider of affordable housing in the State of Illinois, we are pleased to be positioned to provide access to decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate income individuals, families, elderly and/or disabled within suburban Cook County. With a customer base of over 15,000 families, we are committed to providing a level of customer-focused service that goes well beyond that of providing shelter.

Mission Statement

Imbedded in the mission, we are charged with assisting our clients in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. Essential to our long-term success is empowering our clients to develop and reach goals that will improve the quality of life for them and their families.

To promote quality affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment, free from discrimination.

Program Summary for Cook County Housing Authority

Cook County Housing Authority is a public housing agency that helps provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Cook County Housing Authority manages several funded programs and has a total of 2,043 subsidized affordable housing units for rental assistance. Cook County Housing Authority administered a total of 12,909 Section 8 Vouchers. Cook County Housing Authority currently has low rent units and Section 8 Voucher as its program type. Cook County Housing Authority is located at 175 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 350, Chicago, IL, 60604 and serves the city of Chicago. Income limits, fair market rents and rent rates vary with each agency. Please contact Cook County Housing Authority at, (312)542-4728 for more information about coverage area and program availability.

Current Status Active
Size of Cook County Housing Authority compared nationally Large
Last Updated 04/12/2014
Total Numbers of Communities 29
Total numbers of Administered Section 8 Voucher 12,909
Total numbers of Administered Public Housing Units 2,043
Waiting list for the Cook County Housing Authority is currently Open

2020 Income Limits for Cook County, IL

HUD sets Income Limits for each area based on the median family income in that area. Each Public Housing Agency (PHA) will use the Income Limit set for the jurisdiction that the PHA covers. Therefore, a family may be eligible for one PHA but not another. The number of people in a household determines the Income Limit that is set for determining the family's eligibility for the program that they are applying for. Below are the Income Limits for Cook County, IL:

Median Income
Income Limit Category
Persons in Family
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 50%
  • Very Low Income Limit
  • $31,850
  • $36,400
  • $40,950
  • $45,500
  • $49,150
  • $52,800
  • $56,450
  • $60,100
  • 30%
  • Extremely Low Income Limit
  • $19,150
  • $21,850
  • $24,600
  • $27,300
  • $30,680
  • $35,160
  • $39,640
  • $44,120
  • 80%
  • Low Income Limit
  • $51,000
  • $58,250
  • $65,550
  • $72,800
  • $78,650
  • $84,450
  • $90,300
  • $96,100

2017 Fair Market Rents for Cook County, IL

Fair Market Rents are HUD's determination of the average rents in a particular area for each bedroom size. The FMRs are set each year based on the rental rates of unsubsidized units so that participants in HUD programs have equal access for affordable housing. Here are the Fair Market Rents for Cook County, IL:

Efficiency One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four-Bedroom
$912 $1055 $1232 $1569 $1878

Agency Name City State Section 8 Voucher Housing Units Status Distance
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Chicago IL 51,770 25,223 Open 0.4 Miles Contact
Habitat Company Habitat Company Chicago IL N/A N/A Open 0.89 Miles Contact
Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Chicago IL 705 N/A Open 0.98 Miles Contact
Cicero Housing Authority Cicero Housing Authority Cicero IL 232 N/A Open 6.45 Miles Contact
Oak Park Housing Authority (OPHA) Oak Park Housing Authority (OPHA) Oak Park IL N/A N/A Open 7.36 Miles Contact
Maywood Housing Authority (MHA) Maywood Housing Authority (MHA) Maywood IL N/A N/A Open 10.58 Miles Contact

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Cook County Housing Authority Program Type:
  • Section 8 Voucher
  • Low Rent Units
Total Subsidized Units for Rental Assistance Availability

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Cook County Quick Facts

Population: 5,246,456
Persons Per Household: 2.65
Housing Units in Multi-units Structure: 53.8%
Homeownership Rate: 58.3%
Housing Units: 2,170,156
Yearly Income Per Person: $30,183
Median Household Income: $54,548