Chicago Housing Authority

60 E. Van Buren St
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60605

Chicago Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Chicago, Illinois that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Moving to Work, and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of November 13th, 2019, Chicago Housing Authority has 5 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The General Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Lake Parc Place Family Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Disaster Victims Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Chicago Housing Authority serves Chicago.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
General Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Lake Parc Place Family Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Disaster Victims Open Until Further Notice
Chicago, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Chicago Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, from December 12, 2018 at 9:00 am CT, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the CHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (312) 742-8500.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 02/11/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: General Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) General Public Housing waiting list is currently open, from December 12, 2018 at 9:00 am CT, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

Income limit information can be found here.

For more information, visit the CHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (312) 742-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/25/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Lake Parc Place Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Family Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Lake Parc Place is currently open, since at least December 11, 2018, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Visit Lake Parc Place, located at 3983 S. Lake Park, Chicago, IL 60653, to complete an online application.

Income limit information can be found here.

For more information, visit the CHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (312) 742-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/11/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Senior Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least December 11, 2018, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Income limit information can be found here.

For more information, visit the CHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (312) 742-8500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/11/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Disaster Victims Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Disaster Victims waiting list is currently open, since at least December 11, 2018, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the CHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (312) 742-8500.

Last Updated on 12/11/2018.

Other Chicago Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Chicago, Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected 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.

For more information, visit the CHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here.

Last Updated on 12/11/2018.

About Chicago Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Chicago Housing Authority may be available by phone at (312) 742-8500. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/13/2019, it is not known if Chicago Housing Authority is either absorbing 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 50,686 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 37,830 329 624 3,108 781 2,370 1,106 100
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $864 $703 $1,068 $939 $0 $735 $783 $740
Monthly Cost $32,696,308 $231,376 $666,460 $2,918,809 $0 $1,741,697 $865,696 $74,011

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.


Public Housing Operated by Chicago Housing Authority

Westhaven Park

110 N. Wood street
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Mahalia Place at Legends South

116 E 43rd Street
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accessible
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

Scattered Sites West

815 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL

Scattered Sites Southwest

1550 W 88th St
Chicago, IL

ALBA/Brooks Homes

1353-71 S Loomis St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Cabrini Rowhouses

900 N Hudson Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Gwendolyn Place

223 E 41st St
Chicago, IL
$716-1,475
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

Northtown Village Apartments

1311 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Oakwood Shores 1a

3851 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Keystone Place

6336 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Westhaven Park Phase IIb

1804 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL

Hollard Homes Park Phase One

2031 S Clark St
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

West Haven Park Tower

100 N Hermitage Ave
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Hilliard Homes

2031 S Clark St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

St Edwards Meadows

6141 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Shakespeare

4506 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL

Lake Parc Place

3983 S Lake Park Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Mohawk North

1441-1491 N Larrabee St
Chicago, IL

Scattered Sites North West

925 N California Ave
Chicago, IL

Washington Park

4008 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL

Mahalia Jackson Apartments

9141-77 S South Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Alfred Barnett Duster Apartments

150 S Campbell Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Lidia Pucinska Annex

847 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Flannery Apartments

1531 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL

Armour Square Annex

3210 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Hattie Callner Apartments

855 W Aldine Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

116 Elm Apartments

116 W Elm St
Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Davis Apartments

440 N Drake Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Lincoln Perry Apartments & Lincoln Perry Annex

3245 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

William Castleman Apartments

4945 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL

Mary Hartwell Catherwood Apartments

3920-40 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
62+

Judge Fisher Apartments

5821 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Harry J Schneider Apartments

1750 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Ella Flagg Young Apartments

4645 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Albany Terrace

3030 W 21st Pl
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+

Irene McCoy Gaines Apartments

3700 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
55+

1611 Racine Apartments

1611 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Lorraine Hansberry Apartments

5670 W Lake St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Long Life Apartments

344 W 28th Pl
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Patrick Sullivan Apartments

1633 W Madison St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio BR
55+

Wicker Park Annex

1414 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Jones Apartments

1447 S Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL

Margaret Day Blake Apartments

2140 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
62+

Maria Diaz Apartments

2111 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Elizabeth Woods Apartments

1845 N Larrabee St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Edith Spurlock Sampson Apartments

2640 & 2720 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Daniel Hudson Burnham Apartments

1930 W Loyola Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Caroline Hedger Apartments

6400 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Vivian Gordon Harsh Apartments

4227 S Oakenwald Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Minnie Riperton Apartments

4250 S Princeton Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+

Mary Jane Richardson-Jones Apartments

4930 S Langley Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

6401 S Yale Ave

6401 S Yale Ave
Chicago, IL

Ada S Dennison-McKinley Apartments

661 E 69th St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Kenneth Campbell Apartments

6360 S Minerva Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Judge Green Apartments

4030 S Lake Park Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Judge Slater Apartments

740 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
2 BR

Major Lawrence Apartments

655 W 65th St
Chicago, IL
55+

Maudelle Brown Bousfield Apartments

4949 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Old Town Square

301-305 W Scott St
Chicago, IL

Mohawk Partners

1400-1438 N Mohawk St
Chicago, IL

Renaissance North

551 W North Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Hilliard Senior - Holsten P2

30 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL

Domain Lofts

900 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Old Town Village West

662 W Division St
Chicago, IL

Lake Park Crescent

1061 E 41st Pl
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

One South Leavitt

1 S Leavitt St
Chicago, IL

The Pershing

3845 S State St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

River Village North

1000 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL

The Larrabee

873 N Larrabee St
Chicago, IL

Orchard Park

1479-1547 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL

Oakwood Shores 1b

743 E 38th St
Chicago, IL

Hilliard Homes - Senior

2111 S Clark St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

River Village South

623 W Oak St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR

Bridgeport Senior Apartments

841 E 32nd St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Altgeld Gardens I

700 E 133rd Pl
Chicago, IL

Altgeld Gardens II

1101 E 130th Pl
Chicago, IL

Philip Murray Homes

601 E 131st St
Chicago, IL

Bridgeport Homes

817 W 31st St
Chicago, IL

Dearborn Homes

2840 S State St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Quincy

606-608 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
2 BR

Langston

4225 S Langley Ave
Chicago, IL

Julia C Lathrop Homes

2000 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL

Frank O Lowden Homes

9400 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL

Scattered Sites North Central

2115 S Marshall Blvd
Chicago, IL

Scattered Sites North East

654 W Grace St
Chicago, IL

Trumbull Park Homes

2455 E 106th St
Chicago, IL

Wentworth Gardens

239 W 37th Pl
Chicago, IL

Fannie Emanuel Apartments

3916 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Frances Cabrini Homes

815 N Cambridge Ave
Chicago, IL

Horner Westhaven

1815 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL

Lawndale Gardens

2537 S California Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

West End Archer Courts

2638 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL

Archer Courts

2245 S Stewart Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Roosevelt Square

1222 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Jazz on the Boulevard

4162 S Drexel Blvd
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Jackson Square West End

2433 W Adams St
Chicago, IL

Fountain View

1335-1343 S Independence Blvd
Chicago, IL

Park Boulevard

3506 S State St
Chicago, IL

Parkside of Old Town

545 W Division St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Hansberry Square at Legends South

4034 S State St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Accessible
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

Parkside Phase 1b Rental

545 W Division St
Chicago, IL

Oakwood Shores

3859 S Vincennes Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Lake Park Crescent Condos

4044 S Oakenwald Ave
Chicago, IL

Westhaven Park Phase IIc

1951 W Lake St
Chicago, IL

Britton Budd Apartments

501 W Surf St
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Oakwood Shores ( P2 B1 )

518 E 38th St
Chicago, IL

Legends South Phase a - 2 on - Site Rental

4434 S State St
Chicago, IL

Parkside of Old Town P2a

544 W Oak St
Chicago, IL

West End Phase II

301 S Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL

Park Douglas

2707 W 12th Pl
Chicago, IL

Kenmore Apartments

5040 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Pomeroy Apartments

5650 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Pii - South Region

7832 S Merrill Ave
Chicago, IL

Langston

654 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL

Savoy Square Legends South

4448 S State St
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Sullivan Station

1060 E 42nd St
Chicago, IL

Casa Queretero

2012 W. 17th Street
Chicago, IL

Coleman Place at Legends South

223 E 41St St
Chicago, IL
Accessible
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

Public Housing Operated by Chicago Housing Authority

Vivian Carter Apartments

6401 S Yale Ave
Chicago, IL
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Wentworth Gardens

3770 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Lake Grove Village Apartments

3555 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Westhaven Park

1949 W Lake St
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Jackson Square at West End

2425 W Adams St
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome

Park Douglas

2719 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL
HCV Welcome