Public Housing Units Update

As of September 30, 2014, the total number of CHA public housing units is 21,251. This number includes all standing public housing units and is not the same as CHA’s progress toward the 25,000 unit delivery goal. CHA’s public housing units are categorized in two ways

  • Online/Leasable Units: This includes all occupied units plus those that are vacant but available for occupancy/leasable. CHA’s vacancy rate is calculated based on online, leasable units. 
  • Offline Units: This includes units unavailable for occupancy and offline for HUD-approved reasons such as pending demolition or disposition, capital maintenance or modification, non-dwelling use, relocation resources, and non-rehabilitated/uninhabitable units closed for pending redevelopment. 

 

Of the total standing public housing units, 18,095 units are currently online/leasable. A total of 2,881 public housing units are offline for HUD-approved reasons and not currently available for occupancy. According to HUD guidelines, these offline units are not counted toward the count of vacant units to determine the occupancy rate. The status of these offline units is summarized in the following table. CHA will provide quarterly updates on the status of offline units.

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Offline Unit Summary

CHA Offline Unit Status by Category as of 6/30/14
Units Offline for Pending Redevelopment/Planning: Includes sites with future redevelopment planning underway; specific timelines for bringing new units online TBD pending finalization of plans.
Development/Site Offline Units as of 3/31/14 Offline Units as of 6/30/14 Offline Units as of 9/30/14 Q1 2014 Status Q2 2014 Status Q3 2014 Status
Lathrop Homes 753 753 753 Planning and continuation of the Section 106 process are ongoing. CHA's Board approved a predevelopment loan in May 2014. CHA continues to work with stakeholders to move forward with redevelopment plans. Planning and continuation of the Section 106 process are ongoing. CHA continues to work with stakeholders to pursue zoining approvals, financing and implementation plans for Phase I redevelopment.
Frances Cabrini Rowhouses 438 438 438 CHA continues to engage key stakeholders to finalize the Development Zone Plan. Two community meetings were held in February 2014 to present the proposed plan. The Section 106 process is ongoing.

(2 rehabbed units used for non-dwelling were incorrectly included in this category; units have been moved to non-dwelling.)

CHA continues to engage key stakeholders to finalize the Development Zone Plan for release in 3rd quarter 2014.


CHA plans to release a solicitation for the first phase of the Development Zone Plan in 4th quarter 2014. CHA wll plan for a solicitation for the Cabrini Rowhouses upon resolution of pending litigation.
Altgeld Gardens/Murray Homes 635 635 633 Implementation planning and continuation of the Section 106 process are ongoing.

Implementation planning and continuation of the Section 106 process are ongoing.

The offline unit count was adjusted based on data system updates.

Implementation planning and continuation of the Section 106 process are ongoing. CHA will present the final site plan to the Altgeld-Murray residents and surrounding community in 4th quarter 2014.


Horner-Westhaven 92 92 99 Agreed Order projected to be finalized in Q2 2014. Site planning and design are underway.

Agreed Order now projected to be finalized in Q3 2014. Site planning and design continue.

Agreed Order for Horner Superblock redevelopment now projected to be finalized in 4th Quarter 2014. Site planning and design continue.
Parkview-Fannie Emanuel 181 181 181 Construction expected to start in 2nd quarter 2015. Construction expected to start in 2nd quarter 2015. Interior demolition expected to start in 4th quarter 2014. Construction expected to start in 2nd quarter 2015.
Total Pending Redevelopment/Planning 2,099 2,097 2,104  
Units Undergoing Major or Routine Capital Maintenance: Includes sites undergoing routine repairs or maintenance, updates to align with building requirements, ADA modifications and major capital maintenance projects.
Development/Site Offline Units as of 3/31/14 Offline Units as of 6/30/14 Offline Unit as of 9/30/14 Q1 2014 Status Q2 2014 Status Q3 2014 Status
Patrick Sullivan (Senior Site) 100 32 0 41 units were made available for leasing in the 1st quarter of 2014. Project is scheduled for completion July 2014. Project is scheduled for completion in July 2014. Project completed in July 2014.
Judge Slater (Senior Site) 100 45 45

The first building will be completed in April 2014, which will make 41 units available for leasing.

59 units are vacant and offline in preparation of starting the 2nd phase of construction planned to begin in May 2014.

55 units were returned to leasing in 1st quarter 2014 upon completion of the first building.

45 units remain offline for the second phase of construction in the Annex building. Construction began in May 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 1st quarter of 2016.

45 units remain offline for the second phase of construction in the Annex building. Construction began in May 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 1st quarter of 2016.


Eckhart-Lidia Pucinska Apts
(Senior Site)
37 41 41

Construction is expected to be complete in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The number of offline units will flucuate during construction.

Construction is expected to be complete in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The number of offline units will flucuate during construction. Construction is expected to be complete in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The number of offline units will flucuate during construction.
Lincoln Perry Apts and Annex (Senior Site)
65 64 64

Construction started as scheduled in October 2013; project expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The number of offline units will fluctuate during construction.

Construction started as scheduled in October 2013; project expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The number of offline units will fluctuate during construction. Construction started as scheduled in October 2013; project expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The number of offline units will fluctuate during construction.
Long Life Apartments 23 23 23 Project is currently scheduled for completion in September 2014. Project is currently scheduled for completion in September 2014. Project is currently scheduled for completion in 4th quarter 2014 due to discovered conditions.
Caroline Hedger Apartments 27 99 99 Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2014; project expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2016. The number of offline units will fluctuate during construction. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2014; project expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2016. The number of offline units will fluctuate during construction. Construction began in September 2014; project expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2016. The number of offline units will fluctuate during construction.
Minnie Ripperton Apartments 0 26 26 N/A New project (4250 S. Princeton). Construction began in June 2014 and will require 26 offline units to accommodate construction. Project expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2016. Construction began in June 2014 and will require 26 offline units to accommodate construction. Project expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2016.
Major Lawrence Apartments 0 32 36 N/A New project (665 W. 65th Street).
Construction began in June 2014 and will require 36 offline units to accommodate construction. Project expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2016.
Construction began in June 2014 and required 36 offline units to accommodate construction. Project expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2016.
Armour Square Apartments 0 0 14 N/A N/A New project (3120 & 3250 S. Wentworth) Construction began in January 2014 and intitially did not require any units to be taken offline. Due to a discovered condition involving column deterioration, 14 units are required to be taken offline until December 2014 in order to make the necessary repairs.
Other Senior Sites 24 24 12

Completion of the remaining 9 units at Loyola and Ridge (1930 W. Loyola Ave/Daniel Hudson Burnham Apts) is now scheduled for occupancy by December 2014.

15 units are on schedule to be available for occupancy by December 2014 at 4645 Sheridan (Ella Flagg Apts).

Completion of the remaining 9 units at Loyola and Ridge (1930 W. Loyola Ave/Daniel Hudson Burnham Apts) is now scheduled for occupancy by 1st quarter 2015.

15 units are now ahead of schedule and will be available for occupancy by July 2014 at 4645 Sheridan (Ella Flagg Apts).

Completion of the remaining 9 units at Loyola and Ridge (1930 W. Loyola Ave/Daniel Hudson Burnham Apts) is scheduled for occupancy by 1st quarter 2015.

14 units were completed in 3rd quarter 2014, and 1 unit remains offline at 4645 Sheridan (Ella Flagg Apts) due to water damage. Completion of this unit is expected in 4th quarter 2014.

2 units at 150 S Campbell (Alfreda Barnett Duster Apts) are offline as temporary onsite relocation resources during life safety construction work. These units will be made available for occupancy in 4th quarter 2014.

Other Family Sites 21 11 16

11 ADA units at Brooks scheduled for occupancy in April 2014. Upon completion of the 11 units under construction, 7 additional units that require modernization will be taken offline; construction will be completed in June 2014.

10 ADA units at Lowden scheduled for occupancy in May 2014.

11 ADA units at Brooks now scheduled for occupancy in July 2014. Upon completion of the 11 units under construction, 7 additional units that require modernization will be taken offline; construction will be completed in September 2014.

10 ADA units at Lowden were completed in the 1st quarter of 2014.

11 ADA units at Brooks were made available for occupancy in 3rd quarter 2014. 7 additional units are now offline and scheduled for completion in 4th quarter 2014.

9 units are offline at Washington Park due to a roof leak in 3rd quarter 2014. Repairs are expected to be completed in 4th quarter 2014.

Scattered Sites 86 88 94

2 units were made available for occupancy in 1st quarter 2014; 14 additional units were taken offline.

- 18 units will be available for occupancy in June 2014.
- 15 units will be available for occupancy in September 2014.
- 22 units will be available for occupancy in December 2014.
- 7 units will be available for occupancy in 1st quarter 2015.
- 13 units pending demolition/disposition.
- 11 units awaiting assessment.

CHA continues to renovate units across the Scattered Site portfolio. Upon completion, units are made available for residents living in other scattered site units that need to be renovated, and the previously occupied units are taken offline for construction. The number of offline units will continue to fluctuate until all scattered site units planned for renovation are completed.

-25 units available for occupancy by the end of 2014.
-51 units available for occupancy in 2015.
-12 units pending demolition/disposition.

CHA continues to renovate units across the Scattered Site portfolio. Upon completion, units are made available for residents living in other scattered site units that need to be renovated, and the previously occupied units are taken offline for construction. The number of offline units will continue to fluctuate until all scattered site units planned for renovation are completed.

-25 units available for occupancy by the end of 2014.
-57 units available for occupancy in 2015.
-12 units pending demolition/disposition.

Total Undergoing Major or Routine Capital Maintenance 483 485 469  
Units Pending Demolition/Disposition Activity: Units currently pending demolition or disposition; these units will not come back online.
Development/Site Offline Units as of 3/31/14 Offline Units as of 6/30/14 Offline Units as of 9/30/14 Q1 2014 Status Q2 2014 Status Q3 2014 Status
ABLA 41 41 41

Units pending disposition for creation of National Public Housing Museum. These units will not come back online.

Units pending disposition for creation of National Public Housing Museum. These units will not come back online.

Units pending disposition for creation of National Public Housing Museum. These units will not come back online.
Scattered Sites 2 2 2

Units at 2620 W Potomac were demolished and site restoration will be completed in spring 2014.

Site restoration was completed in 2nd quarter 2014. Units will be removed from PIC by the end of 3rd quarter 2014.

Site restoration was completed in 2nd quarter 2014. Units will be removed from PIC in October 2014.
Total Pending Demolition or Disposition Activity 43 43 43

Q4 2013 Status

Q1 2014 Status

Q2 2014 Status
Non-Dwelling Units 267 267 265

No change.

No change.

2 units previously used for non-dwelling purposes were returned to leasing in 3rd quarter 2014.
TOTAL OFFLINE UNITS 2892 2892 2881