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Notice Of Intent To Participate In The Move To Work (MTW) Program

Click Here for the DRAFT MTW Plan

The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued an expansion of the Move to Work (MTW) Demonstration program. Lake County Housing Authority would like to submit an application to the program that addresses landlord incentives and their effect on landlord participation in the HCV program. There are seven MTW activities that LCHA can potentially use and would welcome comments. At this time, this is a notice of intent to participate in the MTW program. There will be two resident/participant meetings in the near future as well as a public hearing. Click HERE to see the list of what is available to LCHA to utilize in the MTW program.

Vision for Lake County Housing Authority MTW Program

The driving force behind LCHA's MTW vision and reason for its interest in MTW, is to create more successful HCV families to be able to live in any area of Lake County that they choose. All MTW initiatives will focus directly or indirectly on the ability of families to have better choices on where to live. MTW provides new tools to address the many challenges and barriers faced by LCHA voucher families in their efforts to find a home in any area. The barriers in locating a home in any of the "higher rent" neighborhoods should not have to be dealt with alone.

  • Concentration of assisted housing in the highest-poverty zip codes in Lake County with the highest shares of voucher holders (67%) living in poor, low-opportunity neighborhoods

  • Extraordinarily high housing development and rental costs;

  • Lower landlord participation in the most desirable areas (better schools, employment opportunities, lower crime) in the County

MTW flexibility will enhance LCHA's ability to develop relationships with landlords in more desirable areas and in turn help its voucher families to thrive, and thus to support the community. MTW flexibilities will help LCHA families to have access to housing options in communities of opportunity through the landlord initiative that will include landlord incentives.

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The Public Hearing to receive comment will be held as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85655510045
Meeting ID: 856 5551 0045
To Join by Telephone: 312 626 6799 & Enter Meeting ID

Public Comments may be submitted:
By telephone: 847-223-1170 ext.2320
Email: publiccomment@lakecountyha.org
In Writing: Lake County Housing Authority, 33928 North US Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030


Lake County Housing Authority Disposition Plan 2021

July 30, 2021

Letter to LCHA Residents:

We recently mailed and posted correspondence to inform you that some significant changes may be happening with your current housing program. We encouraged everyone to attend the Zoom meetings of the Resident Advisory Board to discuss the changes, but many were unable to. Therefore, we are providing you with information that describes the potential changes.

Lake County Housing Authority Disposition Plan 2021

The Lake County Housing Authority administers a Public Housing portfolio of 495 units (334 Senior units, and 161 units of scattered site single-family homes, townhomes, and duplexes). The federal funds for public housing are inconsistent and have been dwindling over the years, leaving LCHA with insufficient funds to maintain and improve our public housing units. LCHA has been exploring ways to deal with this financial situation.

The best solution is a program called Section 18 Demolition/Disposition. This program will allow us to demolish or dispose of our scattered site Public Housing units and use the proceeds from the sales to increase our affordable housing stock. We plan to apply for this program Fall of 2021. The application will be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and we expect the approval process to take 3-6 months. If the application is approved, the entire process should take approximately 8 to 24 months, and possibly longer.

Current Public Housing residents that are impacted by this change will receive a Tenant Protection Voucher (TPV), which is very similar to a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV). There are several differences between your current Public Housing program and the HCV/TPV program. One of the biggest differences is that your current housing subsidy under the Public Housing program is attached to your unit, whereas your housing subsidy with the TPV will be attached to the Resident. That means you can use your voucher on housing located in Lake County or other locations across the United States, as long as the landlord of the available unit accepts the HCV, the unit meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and the rent is reasonable.

Many details of LCHA plan and application will be determined over the next few weeks, as HUD encourages us to get feedback from current residents and answer any questions you may have before we apply.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, our contact information is below. Also, if you would like to meet to discuss, please contact us to set up a meeting. Otherwise, we will be mailing information for our next Resident Advisory Board (RAB) Meeting.

There is a Frequently Asked Questions* section at the end of this document, and we will keep you updated throughout this process when we have more details.

Thank you,
Lorraine Hocker
Executive Director/CEO

Derek Eovaldi
Disposition Coordinator

Alecia Boddie
Resident Social Service Coordinator
847-223-1170 ext. 1422

*Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.