The Chicago Housing Authority mandates that Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises have the maximum opportunity to participate in the execution of contracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds.  Therefore, bidders, proposers or contractors and their subcontractors or suppliers must comply with CHA’s MBE/WBE/DBE Policy to ensure these business enterprises can benefit through every contract with the Authority.

The CHA does not certify MBE/WBE/DBE businesses, but will accept MBE/WBE/DBE certification from the following agencies or reciprocal agencies:

  • City of Chicago
  • Cook County
  • Pace
  • Metra
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • State Of Illinois Central Management Services (CMS)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Chicago Minority Business Development Council (CMBDC)
  • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
  • Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)