Housing Authority of Champaign County

Providing rental assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled individuals and families

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the income guidelines?

If I have money in a CD or savings account, am I still eligible?

Can I have pets?

Is there a waiting list?

What is included in rent?

Are the apartments furnished?

Is the apartment complex on a bus line?

Is there a bus stop for children?

Are schools close?

Is the neighborhood nice?

How long is the lease?

How much is the security deposit?

What do I need to do in order to move in?

Is there a parking lot available?

If I have money in a CD or savings account, am I still eligible?

Yes-,Residents usually pay 30% of their gross income for rent. This amount (less approved HUD deductions such as medical and child care expenses, etc.) includes a utility allowance. Residents also may choose to pay what is known as flat rent. The HACC works with applicants to determine which rent arrangement is best for them.

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Can I have pets?

According to the Pet Policy residents may have pets that weigh less than 20 lbs. Please view the Pet Policy for complete information.

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Is there a waiting list?

There is a waiting list for public housing. The length of time that a family might wait to be housed varies.  In order to keep the waiting list down to manageable numbers the Authority accepts applications for public housing when the wait may be less than one year under the current rate of unit turnover.  Successful applicants receive a letter stating that their name is on the Authority’s waiting list.  The applicant should keep this letter as verification that the Authority received his/her application. 

Each year the Authority mails a letter to the applicant asking if he/she would like to remain on the waiting list.  The applicant must respond within the time limit stated in the letter or his/her name will be removed from the waiting list.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform the Authority in writing of any change of address or telephone number.

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What is included in rent?

Most of the time gross rent includes water, electricity and gas. It does not include cable, satellite or telephone service.  Columbia Place, Skelton Place, Steer Place, Washington Square, Youman Place and Hayes Homes have on-site laundry facilities.

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Are apartments furnished?

None of the apartments are furnished although all include a stove and refrigerator.

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Is the apartment complex on a bus line?

All complexes are within walking distance of a bus line.

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Is there a bus stop for children?

School buses pick up children at both of the family housing sites, Dorsey Homes and Dunbar Court.

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Are schools close?

Excellent public schools are located near all of our family communities.

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Is the neighborhood nice?

Champaign County neighborhoods have an excellent reputation for quality of life and are great places to raise children.

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How long is the lease?

Leases run month-to-month and are automatically renewed each month when the rent is paid.

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How much is the security deposit?

 

The security deposit is the greater of one month’s gross rent.

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What do I need to do in order to move in?

The applicant must pay the security deposit, the first month’s rent and be able to put resident-paid utilities in his/her name.

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Is there a parking lot available?

All communities provide free parking for residents, but not for visitors. Visitors may use on-street parking if it is available.

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What are the income guidelines?

 

As of FY 2008, an applicant’s gross income  must be under the amounts listed in the table below.  Gross income includes interest from savings accounts, but not the principle.  To be sure, a potential applicant should contact the Authority and ask for an income verification.

           Income Limits for Family Size

# In Family

Annual Income

1

$36,500

2

$41,700

3

$46,950

4

$52,150

5

$56,300

6

$60,500

7

$64,650

8

$68,850

For the tiered flat rent and minimum rent schedules click here.

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