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Rental Housing Support Program

In 2005 the State of Illinois created a new Rental Housing Support Program (RHS Program) to provide “project-based” rental assistance for families at 30% and below of area median income.  One half of the units will be for families at 15% or below of area median income.   This program is being funded by a $10 surcharge on real estate documents recorded in each county.  McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) will request funding from Illinois Housing Development Authority that would subsidize 30 units throughout McHenry County.  (There is no guarantee how much funding McHenry County will receive.) The McHenry County Housing Authority will contract with local landlords to provide units for the program.  McHenry County Housing Authority will also work with the landlords in providing outreach to potential tenants and will maintain a waiting list.  Unlike the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program the assistance will be tied to the unit; if a qualified tenant moves he or she would lose the rental assistance and the next qualified tenant for that unit would receive the benefit of rental assistance.  The landlords will receive the rental assistance for subsidized units from MCHA quarterly in advance.  Records of occupancy will be maintained and reconciled for each unit.


Role of MCHA:

  • Outreach for potential tenants
  • Contract with landlord to provide units including negotiating rents for three year contracts
  • Work with landlords to create and follow a Tenant Selection Plan which includes the management of potential tenant applications and waiting list
  • Assist and approve tenant income certifications and recertifications
  • Perform Housing Quality Standard and LBP inspections
  • Provide dispute resolution between landlords and tenants
  • Oversee funding and compliance; including forwarding funding to landlords quarterly up front
  • Maintaining records, working with IHDA staff and reporting activity


Role of the Landlord:

  • Provide units
  • Units must pass a Housing Quality Standards Inspection
  • Certify that units do not contain a Lead Based Paint hazard
  • Assist with income certifications and annual recertifications of tenant income
  • Follow a Tenant Selection Plan & Waiting List
  • Provide a 12-month lease to each household
  • Include a RHS Lease Rider with each lease
  • Abide by all fair housing laws
  • Provide a Tenants Bill of Rights (IHDA document) to each household
  • Charge a reasonable rent (as determined by MCHA) to the tenant


The RHS program will begin in April 2008.  More information on the RHS Program is on the Illinois Housing Development Authority website located at