CHA has more than 6,000 opportunities for youth this year, of which 3,000 will be paid learning experiences.

073114_PeaceAmb_033-2_editIn fact, CHA will increase its participation in DFSS’ Summer Youth Employment Program by offering 2,100 jobs to CHA youth ages 16-24, which is an increase of 500 slots from last year.

Other career and academic programs include:

  • The Chicago Police Department’s Neighborhood Youth Corp;
  • The Safe Summer Peace Ambassadors at Head Start and School-Age Centers;
  • he Chicago Park District’s Counselor-in-Training Program;
  • Learn and Earn (our premiere program for 13-15 year olds);
  • Freelance Coder Camp;
  • S.T.E.M Camp for budding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math experts;
  • And the Financial Literacy and Leadership Institute with BMO Harris

In addition, for those young people who enjoy outdoor recreation, CHA youth 6-12 will participate in:

  • The Park District’s Day Camps
  • And the Recharge Program, a fitness and wellness program at 10 CHA sites.
  • CHA is also host for the Summer Food Nutrition program where we expect to serve more than 90,000 breakfasts and lunches over the summer weeks.


In terms of safety and security strategies, our Asset Management team has incorporated a comprehensive safety and security plan that also includes initiatives to help keep all of our residents and public housing properties secure.

This includes supplemental police coverage, private security, security cameras, community engagement and prevention. 

And lastly, CHA was recently awarded $248,000 by HUD in order to further enhance security at Altgeld Gardens.