Housing Authority

Overview

The Village of Park Forest Housing Authority was established on Sep. 22, 1988, and became a division of the Community Development Department of the Village of Park Forest on Oct. 1, 1994. It is authorized to administer the Section 8 Existing Housing Assistance Payments Program within the Village of Park Forest. The federally funded rental assistance program allows income-eligible households to rent quality housing in the private market. In 1994, the Housing Authority of Park Forest received funding to administer a Section 8 Certificate program.

Section 8 of the Housing Assistance Program was enacted by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The Program is funded through and monitored by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The funding level provided subsidized housing for 50 certificate holders. Later, HUD increased this amount by 46, then by an additional 81, and recently by 4 in Oct. 2022, bringing the grand total to 181 possible certificate holders. In 2002-03, the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher Programs were merged to form the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Housing Authority is currently administering 156 Park Forest Vouchers. In addition to the Park Forest Housing Choice Vouchers, the Housing Authority also administers the program for participants moving to Park Forest with vouchers issued by other authorities known as “Portables." 

Participating households will pay approximately 30% of their income for rent and utilities; HAPF will pay the remaining for rent and a utility allowance in accordance with program rules. Participating households may choose to remain where they are living now or move elsewhere, provided the housing is in good condition, and the owner is willing to participate in the program. Most types of rental housing are eligible for the program, including single-family houses, apartments, and condominiums. Property owners retain all normal management rights, including tenant selection, rent collection, property maintenance, and lease termination.

About 

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (previously Section 8) 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. 

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

For this program, eligible persons rent from a private landlord on the open market. The Housing Authority of Park Forest (HAPF) helps program participants pay the rent to their landlord. To qualify, the household income must be below our income guidelines. Each housing unit, whether it is a house, townhouse, or apartment, is inspected for compliance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS). 

Landlords are responsible for screening potential tenants for suitability and are permitted to utilize their own lease agreement. A Housing Assistance Program Contract is signed between the HAPF and the landlord.

To get assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher program, interested persons must complete an application when the wait list is open. 

Mission Statement 

The Housing Authority of Park Forest will strive to serve all people within the Village's jurisdiction with respect, compassion, and fairness. The Housing Authority is committed to ensuring the maintenance of structures and properties for the residents who dwell in them and the enforcement of Federal, Local, and Municipal laws and ordinances. Utilizing a three-pronged program of property inspection and tenant and landlord education, the Housing Authority is committed to preserving the character of the Village of Park Forest. The Housing Authority endeavors to enhance the quality of life by investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions, and fostering a sense of security in neighborhoods and individuals. Fostering public trust by holding the department to the highest standards of performance and ethics, providing a quality work environment, and developing the housing authority staff through effective training and leadership is objective.











FY 2023 HUD Low-Income Limits

(Effective May 15, 2023)

One Person - $61,800
Two Person - $70,600
Three Person - $79,450
Four Person - $88,250
Five Person - $95,350
Six Person - $102,400
Seven Person - $109,450
Eight Person - $116,500












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5-Year Public Housing Agency Plan.