Chicago Housing Authority

60 E. Van Buren St
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
(312) 742-8500

Chicago Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Chicago, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of December 10th, 2018, Chicago Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Chicago Housing Authority serves Chicago.

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Closed: Chicago Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for nearly one month in October 2014, and before that in 2010. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


The application was available online only.


Qualified applicants were added to the waiting list by random lottery.


More than 280,000 people applied in 2014, up from the 203,000 people who applied in 2010.


Applicants were sent a letter by mail after April 2015 to notify them if they were placed on the waiting list or not.


The CHA estimates the wait time for those selected to be between 1 and 5 years.  


Applicants are required to keep CHA updated on changes to their contact/personal information here: www.thecha.org/update.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Chicago Housing Authority

More information about Chicago Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.thecha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/10/2018, it is not known if Chicago Housing Authority is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Chicago Housing Authority manages 49,792 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 37,726 326 587 3,240 767 2,826 1,086 100
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $812 $680 $1,017 $912 $0 $791 $739 $758
Monthly Cost $30,644,512 $221,708 $597,254 $2,955,857 $0 $2,236,266 $803,021 $75,790

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Chicago Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 5,170 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $12,776 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

44% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Chicago Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 35% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Chicago Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $371 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $807. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $110.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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