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Section 8 Waiting List Lottery

The McHenry County Housing Authority, MCHA, will be accepting ONLINE pre-applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.  The online only pre-application will be accessed through a link on this site beginning at 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 through 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Visit to fill out an online pre-application

24 hours a day during this time period. 

 Información de la lotería de la lista de espera en español

Lista oczekujących Informacje o loterach w języku polskim

It does not matter when you submit your online pre-application during the open period, as long as it is submitted ONLINE  by 5:00PM on Tuesday, February 13 2018.  There is no advantage to applying early as applicants will be randomly chosen by lottery to be placed on the list.  No paper pre-applications will be accepted.  Duplicate entries will not be accepted.

Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on the waiting list. MCHA will place 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random lottery from all pre-applications received.  MCHA has a preference for families who live or work in McHenry County.  You must provide documentation of meeting this preference and the eligibility requirements, at the eligibility interview in order to receive assistance.

The Section 8 HCV program provides rental assistance to households with very low incomes.  In order to qualify, annual gross household income cannot exceed these amounts:

Persons in Family

Income Limits: 



Pre-applications will not be available in the MCHA offices, and fax or e-mail requests will not be accepted.  Applicants may use any computer, tablet or smart-phone with internet access to apply, including free computers at public libraries.

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation are encouraged to submit a written request in advance of the waiting list lottery opening to allow time for processing.  All online pre-applications must be submitted by the time the waiting list closes.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the HCV Waiting List Lottery and information about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program The Housing Authority will not provide telephone assistance about HCV applications.

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