A quality home is the foundation
of society & community

A quality home is the foundation of society & community

Slide Advancing The Future Together Slide We Are Here To Help One Another Along Life's Journey Slide Life Doesn't Get Better By Chance.

It Gets Better With Change.
Slide "Children Are Our Greatest Treasure.
They Are Our Future."
-Nelson Mandela

Slide Advancing The Future Together Slide We Are Here To Help One Another Along Life's Journey Slide Life Doesn't Get Better By Chance.

It Gets Better With Change.
Slide "Children Are Our Greatest Treasure.
They Are Our Future."
-Nelson Mandela


Advancing the Future Together...


“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday, or some previous day.” – Jack Joyce

I Am Rockford is a branded alignment for community unity and solidarity designed to spark constructive dialogue on sensitive issues facing individuals who comprise the community of Rockford.

Resident Services

RHA's Resident Service Programs strive to provide Greater Stability & Financial Independence for residents who want to find employment and advance their careers.

Landlord Information

We greatly appreciate our partnerships with the dedicated Landlords in our community. Without them, the RHA's goal to expand affordable housing opportunities wouldn't be possible.

Links and Resources

RHA provides it's residents and the community with helpful information and resources on various topics ranging from housing guides, RHA policies, community initiatives, health awarness.

Doing Business RHA

RHA encourages Minority Owned, Woman Owned, and Section 3 qualified companies to learn more about our processes, and the various opportunities that Rockford Housing Authority provides.

Our Mission

To continue to create strategic partnerships with community stakeholders, design a diverse housing portfolio, leverage social service programming to unite and ensure residents are provided with safe and nurturing environments that lead to self-sufficiency, responsibility, and individual empowerment.

Number of Residents Currently Served in Our LIPH and HCV Programs:

Assisted Residents
Disabled Residents
Senior Residents
Child Residents

LIPH Program Residents: 2175

HCV Program Participants: 3734 

LIPH: 569 Disabled

HCV: 726  Disabled  

LIPH: 335 age 62 and over

HCV: 393 age 62 and over

LIPH: 875 children

HCV: 1611 Children

RHA Digital TV Channel

We invite you to access the new RHA digital signage page. You will find the most current information regarding programs, and services, that are available to all RHA residents, and the local community. The TV channel will include breaking news, local news, COVID-19 updates, weather advisories, and more.

Annual Construction Trades Convention: Women at Work

Rockford Housing Authority and Project First Rate are excited to announce that we will be hosting a virtual Trade Convention on September 30th from 3:00-5:00. Registration will be needed to attend the event, and it is open to all RHA residents and Rockford community members. This is the first year RHA and Project First Rate will be hosting the Construction Trade Convention- Women at Work but we will be making this an annual event!

The Construction Trade Convention- Women at Work is an opportunity to learn from women in the trades such as construction, painting, and electricians and to look at the Apprentice Trainee Positions available. The trades industry is a male-dominated career, but many women still manage, work, and love these jobs. This trade convention is a time to explore jobs that many women don’t think about strictly because they don’t know about them. Some key points that will be discussed:

  • Discover how you can become financially independent through rewarding careers in the union construction industry, including how to join registered apprenticeship programs.
  • Hear stories and experiences from women in the trades as well as entrepreneurs from the construction industry
  • Learn about the local programs and resources available to help you prepare to apply for apprenticeship programs.
  • Be part of a national movement of tradeswomen gaining ground in the industry.

NOTICE: Emergency Housing Voucher Program

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (P.L. 117-2). Section 3202 of the ARP appropriated $5 billion for the creation, administration, and renewal of new incremental emergency housing vouchers (EHVs) and other eligible expenses related to COVID-19.

HUD has allocated 35 of these EHVs to Rockford Housing Authority.

Eligible populations are:

  • Homeless
  • At Risk of Homelessness
  • Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.
  • Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.

The availability of these Emergency Housing Vouchers(EHVs) is managed exclusively through a direct referral process from the Continuum of Care(CoC)-Northern Illinois Homeless Coalition.

If you believe you may be eligible for EHV assistance and would like to apply, or are currently on the Rockford Housing Authority HCV waiting list and believe you may be eligible for EHV assistance, please contact the CoC within the City of Rockford Human Services Dept. at:

612 N. Church St. Rockford, IL 61103
(844)-710-6919 ext. 5.

Waiting List

Effective Friday May 12, 2023, the current Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Low Income Public Housing (LIPH) Family Waiting List will close until further notice.

When the HCV waiting list opens, RHA will give public notice by way of the newspaper, media release, the RHA website, and social media. 

Following application submissionyou will remain on the waiting list until your name has reached the top of the waiting list and funding is available. It will be your responsibility to notify the RHA of any changes in writing while on the waiting list.

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV): CLOSEDLow-Income Public Housing (LIPH): CLOSED

All Rockford Housing Authority housing assistance program applications are processed in compliance with the State of Illinois Housing Authority Act amendments of 3/23/2021.

Portability – RHA is Absorbing

Portability for Housing Choice Voucher Participants

Portability means the ability to rent a dwelling unit with Section 8 tenant-based assistance outside the jurisdiction of the initial PHA.

The portability feature of Section 8

The portability feature of Section 8 vouchers allows you as a voucher-holder to move to a rental unit of your choice, including one located outside the jurisdiction of the public housing authority (PHA) that initially issued your voucher. The Rockford Housing Authority is a PHA administering a program for the jurisdiction where an available unit may be located in our jurisdiction.

Building A Success

One Victory at a Time

Housing Application

View the RHA’s application for Assisted Housing. 

View the Application

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Lifeforce Development Institute

The RHA is proud to support the Lifeforce Development Institute’s Soft Skills-based training to both RHA Clients and Residents.

Learn More About LDI

Connect Home

The goal of ConnectHome is to bring
high-speed broadband access to RHA residents and encourage Digital Literacy.

Learn More About ConnectHome

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