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Waiting list to open Saturday for Madison County’s Rental Housing Support Program

Waiting list to open Saturday for Madison County’s Rental Housing Support Program

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Madison County is opening up phone lines for one day this weekend to take applicants’ names for the Rental Housing Support Program (RHSP) waiting list, according to a press release.

Community Development Administrator Trudy Bodenbach said that, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, phone lines will be open for applicants to call in for the RHSP waiting list.

“This event is the only way for applicants be placed on the list,” Bodenbach said.

She explained that due to a technical glitch, those who called on Sept. 5 were unable to leave a message.

“Because of the glitch, we will be reopening the line,” she said.

The phone number to call is 618-296-5757. Applicants will be required to leave their name, address and phone number.

The purpose of the RHSP is to help address the need for decent, affordable, permanent rental housing for low-income families. It is a unit-based rent subsidy program funded through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and is targeted to low-income individuals and families at or below 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).

Their maximum annual income limits vary based on the household size.

The program subsidy is tied to the rental unit, not the tenant, throughout the duration of the program. Landlords will have an IHDA-approved Tenant Selection Plan that will guide leasing and occupancy practices. Madison County Community Development (MCCD) and all participating landlords are required to follow Fair Housing and other applicable local, state and federal laws.

MCCD pays the subsidy directly to the landlord based on the difference between the approved contract rent and the tenant-paid contribution. The income of the prospective tenant determines the amount of rent they pay according to the IHDA Tenant Contribution Schedule.

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