Affordable Housing In Chicago
Cook County, Illinois

Affordable Housing programs support 58,666 income based apartments in Chicago where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 29,113 affordable apartments in Chicago that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Chicago, Illinois

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Chicago. Go to the Illinois Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Chicago.

Lathrop Homes

2000 West Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
$1,250-2,525
Studio-2 BR

Sherway Towers Apartments

4225 North Sheridan
Chicago, Illinois
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
Rent Assisted
62+

Hope Manor Village II

6002 S Halsted
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Family & Senior
Veterans Welcome
Affordable

Margot And Harold Schiff Residences

1244 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Income Based
1 BR
Affordable

Miriam Apartments

4707 N Malden St
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Affordable

Congressman George W. Collins

1401 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Rent Assisted

Evergreen Terrace

425 W Evergreen Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Income Based
1-4 BR
Rent Assisted

North Park Village

5801 H N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
62+
Affordable

Heiwa Terrace

920 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Swartzberg House

3101 W Touhy Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
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Affordable Housing Near Chicago

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Chicago

City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Alsip, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Alsip.
Affordable Housing In Arlington Height, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Arlington Height.
Affordable Housing In Arlington Heights, IL Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Arlington Heights.
Affordable Housing In Barrington, IL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Barrington.
Affordable Housing In Bartlett, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Bartlett.
Affordable Housing In Bellwood, IL Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Bellwood.
Affordable Housing In Bensenville, IL Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Bensenville.
Affordable Housing In Berwyn, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Berwyn.
Affordable Housing In Blue Island, IL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Blue Island.
Affordable Housing In Broadview, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Broadview.
Affordable Housing In Calumet City, IL Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Calumet City.
Affordable Housing In Calumet Park, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Calumet Park.
Affordable Housing In Chicago Heights, IL Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Chicago Heights.
Affordable Housing In Cicero, IL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Cicero.
Affordable Housing In Country Club Hills, IL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Country Club Hills.
Affordable Housing In Countryside, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Countryside.
Affordable Housing In Crestwood, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Crestwood.
Affordable Housing In Crete, IL Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Crete.
Affordable Housing In Deerfield, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Deerfield.
Affordable Housing In Des Plaines, IL Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Des Plaines.
Affordable Housing In Dolton, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Dolton.
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Affordable Housing In Hoffman Estates, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Hoffman Estates.
Affordable Housing In Homewood, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Homewood.
Affordable Housing In Justice, IL Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Justice.
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Affordable Housing In Lansing, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Lansing.
Affordable Housing In Lemont, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Lemont.
Affordable Housing In Lynwood, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Lynwood.
Affordable Housing In Lyons, IL Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Lyons.
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Affordable Housing In Maywood, IL Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Maywood.
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Affordable Housing In Northbrook, IL Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Northbrook.
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Affordable Housing In Oak Brook, IL Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Oak Brook.
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Affordable Housing In Oak Park, IL Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Oak Park.
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Public Housing Agencies Serving Chicago, Illinois

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
Go to the Illinois Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Chicago.

Chicago, Illinois Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago features 58,666 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Chicago, Illinois

There are 29,113 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Chicago.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Chicago, Illinois

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Chicago landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Chicago.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Chicago, Illinois for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,296 and $1,584.

2023 Chicago, Illinois Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Chicago, Illinois Fair Market Rent $1,158 $1,255 $1,440 $1,827 $2,172
Chicago, Illinois Payment Standard Range $1,042 to $1,274 $1,130 to $1,381 $1,296 to $1,584 $1,644 to $2,010 $1,955 to $2,389

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Chicago, IL Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 766
Total Low Income Apartments 88,538
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 58,666
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.71%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Average Household Size 2.57
Median Household Income $48,522 ±$405
Median Rent $965 ±$4
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.18% ± 0.56pp
Total Population 2,717,534

Population and Household Demographics

Chicago is a city in Cook County, Illinois with a population of 2,717,534. There are 1,035,436 households in the city with an average household size of 2.57 persons. 55.71% of households in Chicago are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Chicago

The median gross income for households in Chicago is $48,522 a year, or $4,044 a month. The median rent for the city is $965 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Chicago, a household making less than $3,217 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.18% of households who rent are overburdened in Chicago.

Area Median Income In Chicago

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Chicago, the AMI is calculated from all households within Cook County.

In Chicago, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $107,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Chicago

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Chicago

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Chicago AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$21,900 $25,000 $28,150 $31,250 $33,750 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Chicago AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$36,500 $41,700 $46,900 $52,100 $56,300 $60,450 $64,650 $68,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Chicago AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$58,350 $66,700 $75,050 $83,350 $90,050 $96,700 $103,400 $110,050