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Section 8 Rental Assistance

Program Director: Karen Seager- (815) 338-7752 X122

  Please note: The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed, but please see our "waiting list lottery" page located here: Waiting List Lottery for information about the upcoming opening of the list.

The McHenry County Housing Authority has a contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development which enables 962 elderly and limited income families and individuals to receive rental assistance.


All units are inspected by Housing Authority staff to assure that they are decent, safe and sanitary and meet federal housing quality standards. The Housing Authority enters into a one year contract with the landlord stating that the Housing Authority will make rental assistance payments on behalf of the tenant family, and that the landlord will maintain the rental unit.


Households must meet income guidelines set by the federal government. All income is included (wages, social security, public aid, interest on savings) and is verified in writing. Tenants pay a percentage of total household income toward rent, including utilities. The Housing Authority pays the remainder of the rent directly to the landlord.


 Information for prospective Section 8 Landlords:

Thank you for your interest in being a landlord with the Section 8 Program. Please read the landlord information carefully, (links are located at the right of this page) it covers important rules and regulations of the Section 8 Program. Please contact the Section 8 Coordinator, Karen Seager, at 815/338-7752 X122 with your questions.