Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly referred to as Section 8) issues vouchers that pay a portion of the monthly rent for privately owned units.  The Housing Authority of Elgin screens applicants and provides eligible households with a voucher (also referred to as subsidy).  Vouchers may be used to lease a unit for any landlord in within the HAE jurisdiction.  The HAE jurisdiction includes the following villages and municipalities:

  • Algonquin
  • Batavia
  • Carpentersville
  • East & West Dundee
  • Elburn
  • Elgin (includes Cook County Elgin)
  • Geneva
  • Gilberts
  • Hampshire
  • North Aurora
  • South Elgin
  • St. Charles
  • Sugar Grove

Households in this program earn 30% of Area Median Income or less to qualify, and pay a portion of rent and utilities not covered by the voucher – typically 30-40% of their monthly income

HAE administers 1101 vouchers for participants who reside in approved privately owned housing throughout the jurisdiction of municipalities and villages listed above.

Section 8 Housing Search

The Housing Authority has partnered with www.GoSection8.com, to provide an enhanced program to list rental properties on line. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or town-homes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating or viewing property listings, please contact the GoSection8 toll free help line at 1-866-466-7328.

Partner Portal

Landlords can access their information over a secure Internet login connection.  Through the portal, landlords may view Housing Assistance Payment (Hap) activity by tenant; view inspection schedules and the status of completed inspections; retrieve and complete forms for ownership certification and annual renewals.

Payment Standards represent the MAXIMUM amount of subsidy HAE can provide for a unit. Please view them below:

Payment Standards Schedule Effective 1/1/2019

Zip Codes: 60110, 60120, 60123, 60144, 60147, 60151, 60174, 60542, 60510 (Below)
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Zip Codes: 60109, 60118, 60119, 60124, 60134, 60136, 60140, 60175, 60177, 60554 (Below)
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Housing assistance is based on the HUD established Low Income Limit. Please follow the link below for income limits based on the household size:

View FY2018 Income Limits

As you all know, we are in a State and National Emergency concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Efforts to minimize the spread of the virus have been introduced.
We will not facilitate any face-to-face contact with any outside parties until further notice.
All inspections have been cancelled until further notice. For inspections involving emergency or life threatening conditions please contact the HUD Field Office at (800) 955-2232.
HAE is committed to providing an optimal level of customer service while also being mindful of your personal health and safety as well as the wellbeing of your families and loved ones.