Scattered Sites: What Are They?

When people think about types of affordable housing, they usually think of two things: large, older complexes, or the housing choice voucher (section 8) program. Many don’t realize, though, that there is a type of affordable housing known as scattered sites. What are scattered sites? Scattered site units are part of a housing authority’s public...
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Do Affordable Housing Residents Work?

Quick Facts: Only 5% of affordable housing residents in Peoria County have no source of income (2012) 86% of families receiving affordable housing assistance in Peoria County live on an income of less than $20,000 a year Average income for county affordable housing residents is $11,181.00 Today, we’re going to talk about resident employment. We’ll...
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Affordable Housing Rent

Today we’re going to take a look at rent. Specifically, we’re going to explore how rent is calculated, and also what is expected of all of our tenants. Most importantly, we’re going to show you how choosing affordable housing can help your bottom line! Quick Facts: Tenants are required to pay minimum rent to the...
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The Benefits of Section 8

Today, we’re going to take a look at how the Section 8 program provides benefits for everyone: renters, landlords, and the communities they exist in. Landlord Benefits The PHA paid out over $8 million in rent to area landlords in 2014. You didn’t read that wrong: the PHA—thanks to landlords participating in the Section 8...
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Getting to Know Section 8

If you heard someone say “Housing Choice Voucher,” would know you what they meant? What about Section 8; would you know then? Well, both names actually mean the same thing. Many have heard of this program, but few know exactly what it is. Today, we’re going to break it down for you. The Section 8...
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Resident Spotlight

If there was ever a force to be reckoned with at Taft Homes, Latacha Peary is it. A 16-year veteran of Taft Homes, Peary is a community-focused woman who has big ambitions—ambitions she fully intends to succeed in. What is your name? Latacha Peary What are your ambitions in life? My number one ambition in...
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Success Story: Marlon Green

When you think of affordable housing, what do you picture? Do you see a hard-working man, trying to finish school in order to support his children? If you didn’t before, you soon will. Meet Marlon Green: Marlon Green has been a PHA client under the Housing Choice Voucher Program—better known as ‘Section 8’—for six years....
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3E Program Update

Last November, we introduced you to our Empower. Educate. Employ. Program, better known as ‘3E.’ At the time, 3E was finishing up its second session, which had eleven women participating in the college preparatory course. As 3E’s third session starts, we thought we would give our readers an update on what’s happening with this amazing,...
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