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Rental Housing Support Program (RHSP)

In many parts of this State, large numbers of citizens are faced with the inability to secure affordable rental housing. Due to either insufficient wages or a shortage of affordable rental housing stock, or both, many families have difficulty securing decent housing, are subjected to overcrowding, pay too large a portion of their total monthly income for housing and consequently suffer the lack of other basic needs, live in substandard or unhealthy housing, or experience chronic housing instability.

Unaffordable rental rates lead to frequent tenant turnover and difficulty filling vacancies, resulting in unstable income streams for rental property owners, the limited ability of owners to properly maintain their properties, substandard rental housing, and greater rates of foreclosure. High tenant turnover, poorly maintained properties, vacant and abandoned properties, and overcrowded housing negatively impact the safety and health of communities and the real estate values within such communities.

To address this pressing need, the Rental Housing Support Program (RHSP) was enacted in 2005. RHSP promotes permanent housing through the funding of rent subsidies for these ‘rent burdened’ extremely and severely low-income households. 

Both DuPage (DHA) and Kendall (KHA) Housing Authorities administer the State of Illinois Rental Housing Support Program, financed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). DHA/KHA were awarded funding to assist families throughout DuPage & Kendall Counties by providing unit based rental assistance to extremely low-income households. Households in the program will pay approximately 30% of their income in rent based on the contribution schedule.

To be eligible for RHSP applicants and tenants must fall within the following income limits:
Effective April 14, 2018

Kendall 1 Person
2 Person
3 Person
4 Person
5 Person
6 Person
7 Person
8 Person
Grundy 1 Person
2 Person
3 Person
4 Person
5 Person
6 Person
7 Person
8 Person

***Maximum annual limits for program participation (by household size) are based on area median income (“AMI”)


If you are interested in providing your unit for the Rental Housing Support Program or if you would like more information, please contact Michelle Ross by phone (630) 593-8218 or by email at



Regional Housing Initiative (RHI)

To address the region’s housing challenges, BRicK Partners, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), and ten Public Housing Authorities (PHA) in the 6 County region are collaborating through the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) to support affordable and mixed-income housing developments in “opportunity areas”.

Since 2002, the public housing authorities participating in RHI have pooled a portion of their available rental assistance vouchers to provide long-term support for the rehabilitation or construction of multifamily, affordable rental homes in opportunity communities across the region. That means RHI can adapt to the changing housing market and economic climate more flexibly than current federal funding flows permit. For example, despite the growing need for affordable housing in the suburbs, the Chicago and Cook County Housing Authorities receive higher levels of voucher subsidies than the suburban housing authorities like DuPage HA and Kendall HA. By allowing multiple housing authorities to pool their resources, RHI created a mechanism through which a suburban housing development can receive subsidies even if the local housing authority lacks resources.

This innovative structure has led to the development of hundreds of apartments in dozens of developments in many communities around the region. The Chicago and Cook County Housing Authorities see clear benefits in contributing vouchers to other communities in the region because wait list families from all ten geographies are offered expanded housing opportunities. This shared list is helping more low-income families find homes in attractive communities across the region. It also removes some of the administrative inefficiencies and barriers experienced by participating housing authorities.

Description of the Regional Housing Initiative
Each PHA submits their Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) wait list to RHI. As units become available in the region, applicants on the wait lists are contacted by RHI to determine their eligibility to live in the available subsidized unit within the region. If eligible, this allows the applicant to live in a subsidized unit while they wait for their HCV application at their “home” housing authority to reach the top of the wait list and be called in to receive a voucher. With many applicants waiting years for that application to move to the top, the RHI subsidized unit provides the same level of assistance their voucher provides – but much sooner. That works out to thousands of dollars in savings they normally would have spent towards market rent in their unsubsidized unit. It also could provide a home of their own in cases where the applicant did not have their own unit! A win-win situation!

HUD-VASH Vouchers

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing(VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers  and community-based outreach clinics.

Every year since 2008, HUD and VA have awarded VASH vouchers based on geographic need and public housing agency administrative performance. The allocation process for HUD-VASH vouchers is a collaborative approach that relies on three sets of data: HUD’s point-in-time data submitted by Continuums of Care (CoCs), VAMC data on the number of contacts with homeless Veterans, and performance data from PHAs and VAMCs. 

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