Frequently Asked Questions

See below for answers to some of the most common questions, concerns, and doubts we hear.

Q: What are the qualifications for housing assistance?

A: There are three eligibility requirements: 

1. Head of household must be 18 years of age or older or legally emancipated. 

2. Meet income guidelines. Contact the office for specific details. 

3. Be a United States Citizen or a Legal Immigrant.


Q: Is any emergency housing available? 

A: No


Q: How do I apply for housing? 

A: Applications may be obtained from this website www.mcdonoughcountyhousing.org or at the Housing Authority of McDonough County, 322 West Piper Street, Macomb, IL 61455. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Q: Is there anything I need to submit with my application? 

A: See the "Apply” Section. Please be sure to submit any verification documents with your application to help ensure your application is processed successfully and as quickly as possible.


Q: How will I be contacted when I get to the top of the waiting list? 

A: All contacts are made via U.S. mail so it is very important that you keep the Housing Authority informed of any mailing address changes. You receive a letter when you near the top of the list. You will have a limited time to respond. If you do not respond in a timely manner, your name may be removed from the waiting list.


Q: What happens after I apply? 

A: If you meet eligibility requirements, you will receive a letter stating that you have been placed on the waiting list. When your name nears the top of the list, you will be sent a letter asking you to contact the Housing Authority for your final application. All adults in the household are required to participate in an “in person” interview. Your application will then be verified including rental history and criminal and credit background checks. If approved for admission, a housing offer will be made.


Q: How big of an apartment can I get?

A: Apartment sizes are based on family size, not the amount of belongings one possesses.


Q: How do I know where I am on the waiting list?

A: It's complicated. We don't want to give you a wrong answer and the waiting list changes regularly because it is organized by date and time of application, as well as verified preferences. The Housing Authority can only confirm that you are on the waiting list.


Q: How will I be contacted when I get to the top of the waiting list? 

A: All contacts are made via U.S. mail so it is very important that you keep the Housing Authority informed of any mailing address changes. You receive a letter when you near the top of the list. You will have a limited time to respond. If you do not respond in a timely manner, your name may be removed from the waiting list. 


Q: What needs to happen to sign a lease?

A: You will be offered housing when your final application is completed and an apartment that meets your family’s needs is available. An appointment will be made for you to meet with Housing Authority staff to sign the lease and complete the move in process. At that time you will need to:

· Pay Security deposit

· Pay any rent due for the month you are moving in

· Pay pet deposit and provide pet verification (if appropriate)

· Have utilities turned on (if tenant pays these)


Q: How soon will I be able to move in after I sign the lease?

A: You will receive apartment keys the day you sign the lease. You MUST be completely moved in within 2 weeks of this date.


Q: How is my rent determined?

A: The only precise way to know exactly what you'll pay is to apply and have a property manager run the numbers. Your property manager is there to work with you and determine the best way way for you to rent, and will tell you which will be the most cost-effective (cheapest). That being said, the below guidelines are the HUD guidelines we follow.

The amount of rent you will pay is the highest of the following:

· 30% of the family’s monthly adjusted income

· 10% of the family’s income

· Minimum rent of $50

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that all families must choose which method their Housing Authority will use in determining their rent. You must either choose the Income-Based Option or the Flat Rent Option.

Income Based Option

· No Maximum Cap on rent amount

· Rent based on total household income

· Must provide all household income and recertify each year

· Utility Allowance* provided at Prairieview Homes & Fitch Manor

· Good for families with very low income and/or fluctuating income

Flat Rent Option

· Rent is set at flat rate determined by Housing Authority

· Household Income is reviewed every three (3) years

· Good for families with higher income

· Family size updated each year

· No Utility Allowance*

* A Utility Allowance is provided at Prairieview Homes and Fitch Manor because as a resident there, you pay part or all of your utilities. The Utility Allowance is an amount determined by the Housing Authority, based on apartment size and local weather factors. That amount is deducted from your calculated rent, which reduces your rent due each month. The Utility Allowance is in place to help families pay their utility bill. At Eisenhower Tower and Greenbrier Apartments, utilities are provided at no additional cost so a Utility Allowance is not provided.


Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: Yes, common household pets are allowed in public housing. Common household pet means an animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, or fish that is traditionally recognized as a companion animal and is kept in the home for pleasure rather than commercial purposes.The following animals are not considered common household pets:

· Reptiles – excepting small turtles and small lizards

· Rodents – excepting hamsters, guinea pigs, and domesticated rats

· Insects

· Arachnids

· Wild animals or feral animals

· Pot-bellied pigs

· Animals used for commercial breeding

If you own a pet, please be aware of the following:

· Only 1 dog or cat is allowed in each household

· Weight limits (max. as adult) : Dog – 25 pounds, Cat – 15 pounds

Before a pet can move in the following must be on file in the Housing Authority office:

· Pay $200 pet deposit

· Proof that all vaccinations are current

· Proof that the animal has been spayed or neutered

· Proof that the animal has been registered (dogs only)