Section 8

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded program that provides rental assistance to very low income families, the elderly and disabled to obtain decent, safe, affordable housing on the private market.

The Housing Authority administers the program in accordance with a locally adopted Administrative Plan. BHA Section 8 Administrative Plan

The Bloomington Housing Authority manages 665 vouchers in McLean County.

How to Apply
The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is not open at this time.  We encourage families and individuals in need of housing assistance to apply for one of the public housing units that BHA has to offer.

Waiting List
Applicants will be notified by mail when they have reached the top of the waiting list.  We strongly recommend that you keep your address updated with our office during the time you are on the waiting list.  If you do not respond to our notification by the deadline listed in your notification letter, you will be removed from the waiting list.  To change your address you will need to submit a written change form, which is available at our office, 104 E. Wood Street, Bloomington, Illinois.

What are the Tenant’s Responsibilities?
The tenant must pay his or her own security deposit.

Voucher participants are to supply any information that the Section 8 office has determined necessary in the administration of the program, including initial participation as well as any scheduled interim re-examinations and other household changes.

Promptly notify the Section 8 office of changes in income.

Allow the Section 8 office access for HQS Inspections of the unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice.

Notify the Section 8 office and the owner before the family moves out of the unit or terminates the lease on notice to the owner.

Request Section 8 office approval to add any other family member as an occupant of the unit.

Promptly notify the Section 8 office if any family member no longer resides in the unit.


Payment Standards (amounts include utilities), adopted by BHA Board Resolution 1480 revising BHA HCV payment standards (effective June 1, 2023).

EFFICIENCY                                $838

1 BR                                                $952

2 BR                                               $1,184

3 BR                                               $1,673

4 BR                                               $1,900


Detailed schedule of utility allowances for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program was adopted most recently by Board Resolution 1478 revising utility allowances for HCV, effective April 1, 2023.


    104 East Wood Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701

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