Mobility Counseling Program
The Mobility Counseling Program assists families in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to move into CHA designated Opportunity Areas within the City of Chicago. Opportunity Areas are specifically identified neighborhoods that offer quality housing and positive economic characteristics*. Current HCV participants that do not currently live in Opportunity Areas, new admissions, and families porting-in from another Housing Authority are eligible to participate in the Mobility Counseling Program. Families currently residing in an Opportunity Area who seek to relocate to a new Opportunity Area are eligible for Mobility Counseling Services Program only, but not the $500 grant.
Mobility Counseling Program Services
A Mobility Counselor assists families to identify housing and community needs and desires, as well as locate a unit in an Opportunity Area. Participating families work with the Mobility Counselor throughout the move process to assist with transition into new communities (e.g. locating community resources, enrolling children in schools). Participants can also take advantage of the following benefits:
- Workshops on home maintenance, financial management and tenant rights
- Community tours and unit search assistance
- A grant of up to $500 to be used toward a security deposit.
Enrollment in Mobility Counseling
Interested families can find out more about the program by contacting CHA’s Mobility Counseling Program partners:
Housing Choice Partners
401 S. LaSalle St. Suite 1101
Chicago, IL 60604
A CHA Opportunity Area is a census tract with less than 20% of its individuals with income below the poverty level and a low concentration of subsidized housing. Some census tracts with low poverty, moderate subsidized housing, and improving community economic characteristics are also designated as Opportunity Areas. CHA uses this definition of Opportunity Areas for its Mobility Counseling Program and to grant monthly rental payments comparable to area rents for the HCV Program.