In accordance with the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) for Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, CHA operates a number of demonstration programs and special initiatives that provide subsidized housing for a special population of people in need. 

For demonstration programs and special initiatives, applicants that meet the individual program criteria are pulled from the existing CHA wait list, although these programs and initiatives may have different eligibility criteria for applicants compared to CHA’s standard criteria. If there are no applicants eligible for a specific program or initiative on the wait list, then applicants may be generated by referral from various community organizations or other government agencies. Referred applicants who meet program requirements are added to the wait list and are provided a local preference in accordance with the demonstration program for which they qualify. 

This overview describes CHA’s current demonstration programs and special initiatives. CHA may update this document from time to time, as CHA amends, terminates, or develops programs/initiatives.