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Knox County
Housing Authority

216 W. Simmons
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: (309) 342-8129
Fax: (309) 342-7206
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Eligibility Guidelines

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. A Public Housing Authority (PHA) determines your eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the PHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. PHAs will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.

FY 2012 Income Limits Summary for Knox County, Illinois

FY 2012
Income Limit Category
Persons in Household:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Very Low (50%)
Income Limits
$20,100 $23,000 $25,850 $28,700 $31,000 $33,300 $35,600 $37,900
Extemely Low (30%) Income Limits $12,050 $13,800 $15,500 $17,200 $18,600 $20,000 $21,350 $22,750
Low (80%) Income Limits $32,150 $36,750 $41,350 $45,900 $49,600 $53,250 $56,950 $60,600

Income limit areas are based on FY 2012 Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas. For 2012 the median income for a family of four in Knox County is $53,700.

Public Housing Applicants must not exceed the low-income (80%) limit for their family size in order to be considered eligible for assisted housing programs. Low income families are defined as families whose incomes do not exceed 80% of the median family income for Knox County. For example in the above chart, in order to qualify for assissted housing for Knox County, a family of four would need to have an income that did not exceed $45,900 per year.

Section 8 Housing Voucher Program Applicants must fall within the Very Low (50%) income limits as published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some families may qualify if they are Low-Income under these circumstances:

  1. A low-income family that is "continuously assisted" under the 1937 Housing Act;
  2. A low-income family physically displaced by rental rehabilitation activity under 24 CFR 511;
  3. A low-income non-purchasing family residing in a HOPE I (HOPE for Public and Indian Housing Homeownership) or HOPE 2 (HOPE for Multifamily Units) Project;
  4. A low-income non-purchasing family residing in a project subject to a homeownership program under 24 CFR 248.173; or
  5. A low-income family displaced as a result of the prepayment of a mortgage or voluntary termination of a mortgage insurance contract under 24 CFR 248.165.