Welcome to the HACC
As the second largest provider of affordable housing in the State of Illinois, we are pleased to be positioned to provide access to decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate income individuals, families, elderly and/or disabled within suburban Cook County. With a customer base of over 15,000 families, we are committed to providing a level of customer-focused service that goes well beyond that of providing shelter. Embedded in the mission, we are charged with assisting our clients in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. Essential to our long-term success is empowering our clients to develop and reach goals that will improve the quality of life for them and their families.
The Housing of Cook County’s mission is to promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination throughout suburban Cook County.
As a result of the population growth, the Cook County Board of Commissioners created the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) in 1946 to provide federally funded housing for low-income families. It is the second largest housing authority in Illinois. The HACC’s portfolio represent 2,100 owned units of low income housing that include family, mixed used, elderly and disabled community sites throughout 108 suburban Cook County communities in Robbins, Chicago Heights, Park Forest, Harvey, Arlington Heights, Skokie, Des Plaines, Niles, Evanston, Wheeling, Ford Heights, Riverdale, and Summit.
The Agency currently serves more than 13,000 families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities by offering housing rental subsidies each year. The Agency is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners that is responsible for policy, fiscal management and the appointment of the Executive Director. With funding provided by the federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the HACC is able to acquire, develop, lease and provide affordable housing for low income families. The HACC implements its Low Income Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs to provide rental assistance for low income participants who seek affordable and safe rental housing throughout Cook County.
The HACC partners with many services based, public and private agencies to ensure that the roles and responsibilities assumed by the government, the Authority, the landlord and the tenant families continue to make progress in improving the quality of life for its housing residents. In an effort to guide and assist housing participants towards self-sufficiency, the HACC is committed to building communities, creating partnerships, and shaping futures.