About Public Housing at PHA:

The Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) owns and operates over 700 units of public housing, located in 8 housing developments. In addition to providing affordable housing to hundreds of Peoria County residents, PHA developments include amenities that are intended to enhance our families' quality of life.

Some of PHA Public Housing Amenities include:
  • Income-based or flat rent options
  • Handicap accessible
  • Laundry facilities on site or in-unit hookups
  • Computer labs
  • Playgrounds
  • Central heat & air
  • Supportive services (Including our Family Self-Sufficiency program)
  • Security cameras through the properties
  Eligibility
In order to qualify for Low Income Public Housing an applicant must:
  • Qualify as an individual or family as defined by PHA
  • Have a physical address; P.O. BOX numbers will not be accepted
  • Head of household must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application or an emancipated minor by a court of competent jurisdiction, consistent with state law
  • At the time of admission, annual family income cannot exceed the established income limits according to the maximum income by family size established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD)
    Family Size
    FY 2020 Income Limit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    Very Low-Income 27,900 31,850 35,850 39,800 43,000 46,200 49,400 52,500
    Extremely Low-Income 16,750 19,150 21,720 26,2000 30,680 35,160 39,640 44,120
    Low-Income Limits 44,600 51,000 57,350 63,700 68,800 73,900 79,000 84,100
  • Applicant and all adult members of the family must pass a criminal background check *If applicant or any family member have a record of criminal activity and/or an arrest within 5 (five) years or is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program, they will not be eligible for housing assistance
  • Applicant and all family members must provide documentation of social security numbers or certify that they do not have social security numbers at the time of eligibility interview
  • Applicant and all family members must meet USHUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status
  • Applicant or any family member who currently owes rent or other amounts to any housing authority will not be eligible until the outstanding balance is paid in full
  • To get working preference, applicant must maintain six (6) months of full-time continuous employment

How To Apply

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all PHA offices are currently closed to the public. Please complete the pre-application here. And then a full application and additional details will be mailed out to you. Please call the Public Housing Eligibility Clerk with any questions. (309)676-8736 ext. 14079
  • Complete and submit an application
    • Applications can be obtained by:
      • Completing the pre-application here
      • Picking one up at the PHA Administrative Office located at 100 S Richard Pryor Place during office hours (8am- 5pm/CT)
      • Requesting one be mailed to you via telephone (309) 676-8736 ext. 14079
    • PUBLIC HOUSING APPLICATION OFFICE HOURS:
      • Tuesday: 8:30am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm
      • Thursday: 8:30am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm
  • All applications must be returned in-person to the Public Housing Eligibility Specialist during PH Application Office Hours
    *Applications cannot be mailed in, dropped off, or left at the front desk
  • When the application is received, it will be date/time stamped and immediately followed by an in-person interview. All adult household members (age 18 and older) must be present at the interview
    *An application will not be accepted and an interview will not be granted if all adult household members are not present at time application is submitted
  • When submitting an application please remember:
    • Allow time for an interview when your application is submitted
    • Make sure you have a fully completed application and have all required documents with you
      *If any documents are missing or the application is not complete, it cannot be processed by the PHA
  • Placement on the Waitlist
    • If you are added to the waitlist, you will be notified when your name comes to the top of the list or if we are updating our files
      • PLEASE NOTE: If you do not respond to a waitlist notification or if your letter is returned as undeliverable, your name will be removed from the waitlist and you will need to re-apply
      • If your address or contact information changes, it is your responsibility to update your application with the new information
      • To check your status on the waitlist please click here

  Required Documents
  • Certified birth records for ALL members of the household
    *Hospital copies will NOT be accepted
  • Social Security cards for ALL members of the household
  • Photo ID of ALL members 18 years of age and older
  • Proof of assets
    • Stocks, bonds, savings, real estate, checking, etc.
    • Documentation, as applicable, to verify assets
  • Proof of income for all members of the household including but not limited to:
    • Employment
      • Employer(s) name, mailing address, phone and fax number for verification
      • Five most recent and consecutive paycheck stubs
    • Pension, Social Security, SSI, etc.
      • Current award letter and/or documentation
    • Child support, TANF/Public Aid, or unemployment benefits
      • Documentation to verify amounts received
    *ALL INCOME MUST BE REPORTED AND VERIFIED*
  • Other documents as applicable
    • Marriage license, divorce decree, official separation papers, custody papers,etc.

Harrison Homes

On-site Amenities
  • Property managers on-site
  • Maintenance on-site
  • Playground
  • Seasonal splash pad
  • Laundry facilities
  • Parking
  • Security Cameras
Unit Amenities
  • Bedroom sizes range from 1–5
  • Offers ADA compliant units
  • Equipped with full-size stove and refrigerator
  • Heat included
  • Central Air
  • Pets allowed (with restrictions)

Harrison Homes Redevelopment

On-site Amenities
  • Property managers on-site
  • Maintenance on-site
  • Playground
  • Seasonal splash pad
  • Laundry facilities
  • Parking
  • Security Cameras
Unit Amenities
  • Bedroom sizes range from 1–5
  • Offers ADA compliant units
  • Equipped with full-size stove and refrigerator
  • Some units equipped with washer/dryer hookups
  • Heat included
  • Central Air
  • Pets allowed (with restrictions)
  • Units offer open floor plan suitable to fit any need

Taft Homes

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Riverwest

On-site Amenities
  • Green space with park benches
  • Playground
  • Parking
  • Community meeting room
Unit Amenities
  • Bedroom sizes range from 2–4
  • Offers ADA compliant units
  • Units equipped with full-size stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher
  • Units equipped with washer/dryer hookups
  • Storage space available in most units
  • Pets allowed (with restrictions)
  • Central Air

Sterling Towers

On-site Amenities
  • Property managers on-site
  • Maintenance on-site
  • Assigned parking
  • Community meeting room
  • Laundry facilities
  • On-site supportive services
  • Bus stop nearby
  • Computer lab
  • 24- hour security surveillance
  • Pets allowed (with restrictions)
  • Wifi available in common areas
Unit Amenities
  • All units 1 bed/1 bath
  • Offers ADA compliant units
  • Units equipped with full-size stove and refrigerator
  • Some units equipped with garbage disposal
  • Units offer open floor plan suitable to fit any need

Scattered Sites

"Scattered Sites" is the term used to describe individual housing units located throughout Peoria that are owned by PHA. Scattered Site residents mix with private renters and homeowners in their neighborhood and blend into the surrounding community. We cannot guarantee all amenities with the units, but some of the most common amenities include:

Common Unit Amenities
  • Bedroom sizes range from 2-4
  • Garbage and sewer paid
  • Units equipped with full-size stove and refrigerator
  • Homes equipped with washer/dryer hookups
  • Central air
  • Parking
  • Pets allowed (with restrictions)
  • Storage space