WAITLIST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CHA’s waitlist lottery is used to identify applicants for CHA assisted housing as it becomes available.
In 2014, CHA opened its waitlist lottery registration process for three of its housing programs—Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8), and the Property Rental Assistance Program. For four weeks, between October 27th and November 24th, individuals had the opportunity to register for all three programs at one time.
In 2015, a random lottery was conducted by a third-party vendor to select and place names on all three waitlists.
Family Public Housing – provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families living in traditional family developments as well as scattered site and mixed-income properties.
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) formerly Section 8 – provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families using a voucher in the private rental market (voucher is provided to applicant).
Property Rental Assistance (PRA) – provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families using a property based voucher in family and supportive housing properties (voucher is provided to landlord for specific unit).
Family Public Housing - 30,000 total applicants
Housing Choice Voucher - 50,000 total applicants
Property Rental Assistance - 16,000 total applicants
TOAL: 96,000 total applicants
Everyone that registered for the lottery and provided a valid mailing address will be notified of their waitlist status.
If you have not received a letter confirming your waitlist status, please call: 1-844-242-4532 (1-844-CHA-4532).
You may also visit CHA’s main office at 60 E. Van Buren, Chicago IL 60605 to determine if you have been selected for any of the waitlists.