For Property Owners Leasing to Housing Choice Voucher Program Participants

The OPHA has a proven track record of providing excellent customer service to our program participants, our owners, and the public at large.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program offers property owners the opportunity to provide safe, well-maintained housing to low-income families while benefiting from the advantages the HCV Program offers. We will refer your available vacant unit(s) to HCV families currently seeking housing within Oak Park. Click here to enroll.

PROGRAM ADVANTAGES FOR OWNERS

• Timely rent payments from the OPHA
• Long term tenancy
• Comparable rents
• The opportunity to provide housing for a low-income family.

 

 

Misconceptions

We have worked hard to dispel misconceptions concerning the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program and build strong relationships with owners who currently participate in our HCV Program.

MYTH:

All Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program families are large families.

FACT:

The typical household size of Housing Choice Voucher participants in Oak Park is one to two people.

MYTH:

Most of the families on the Section 8 Program are welfare recipients.

FACT:

Less than 10% of the families that participate in the Oak Park Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program are TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and General Assistance, recipients.

Payment Standards

The OPHA Payment Standards include all utilities and appliances provided by the owner. All rents are subject to rent reasonableness determination and therefore, not all units may qualify for the rent indicated in the Payment Standards schedule. The Payment Standards are listed by Zip Codes within the Village of Oak Park.

Payment Standards: Zip Code 60301
# of Bedrooms 0 1 2 3 4 5
Fair Market Rent $1,672 $1,848 $2,245 $2,728 $3,256 $3,744
# of Bedrooms Fair Market Rent
0 $1,672
1 $1,848
2 $2,245
3 $2,728
4 $3,256
5 $3,744
Payment Standards: Zip Code 60302
# of Bedrooms 0 1 2 3 4 5
Fair Market Rent $1,125 $1,269 $1,595 $2,153 $2,322 $3,010
# of Bedrooms Fair Market Rent
0 $1,125
1 $1,269
2 $1,595
3 $2,153
4 $2,322
5 $3,010
Payment Standards: Zip Code 60303
# of Bedrooms 0 1 2 3 4 5
Fair Market Rent $990 $1,100 $1,270 $1,610 $1,920 $2,200
# of Bedrooms Fair Market Rent
0 $990
1 $1,100
2 $1,270
3 $1,610
4 $1,920
5 $2,200
Payment Standards: Zip Code 60304
# of Bedrooms 0 1 2 3 4 5
Fair Market Rent $954 $1,170 $1,496 $1,903 $2,183 $2,369
# of Bedrooms Fair Market Rent
0 $954
1 $1,170
2 $1,496
3 $1,903
4 $2,183
5 $2,369

Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections

The OPHA conducts inspections on all units leased to our HCV families prior to initial occupancy. The OPHA use HUD’s Housing Quality Standards when conducting these inspections. The OPHA has also adopted the Housing Code Regulations of the Village of Oak Park as part of its inspection process.

In addition to the HQS inspections prior to initial occupancy, the OPHA conducts biennial HQS inspections on the unit every other year, based on its location within one of the Village of Oak Park’s twelve Census Tracts (8121 through 8132). If a unit is located in an even-numbered Census Tract, it will be inspected during the even years and if a unit is located in an odd-numbered Census Tract, it will be inspected during the odd years.

For a checklist that will assist owners in preparing for the HQS Inspections, click here.

For more information regarding owner involvement, please contact LaTaunda Cobb, Manager of Housing Choice Voucher Program 708-386-9322, ext. 135 or by email at lcobb@oakparkrc.com