The HCV program places the choice of housing in the hands of the individual family. To assist families with their search, CHA provides a list of available units in the Chicagoland area.
Please note: You are responsible for researching owners and units to avoid fraud and make sure units meet your individual requirements. Listings are offered for your convenience only; units and owners have not been screened by CHA and do not have CHA’s endorsement. After you find a unit and submit the required paperwork, all owners and their units are subject to the CHA screening and approval process per our normal procedures. Click here for tips on how to avoid scams and fraud. Click here to view the City of Chicago’s list of problem building owners. Click here to view the Chicago Police Department’s CLEARMAP database.
Exception payment standards are part of CHA’s strategy to expand housing choices for HCV participants in Mobility Areas throughout Chicago. Effective March 1, 2018, Mobility Area is defined as a Chicago community area with 20% or fewer of its families with income below the poverty level and a below median reported violent crime count (normalized by the community area’s total population). Some community areas with improving poverty and violent crime rates along with significant job clusters are also designated as Mobility Areas. CHA uses this definition of Mobility Areas for implementing its Mobility Counseling Program, for approving exception payment standards, and for providing landlord incentive payments.