The Mobility Counseling Program assists families in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to move into Opportunity Areas within the City of Chicago. Opportunity Areas are neighborhoods identified by CHA that offer quality housing and positive economic characteristics*. Current HCV participants who do not currently live in Opportunity Areas, participants who are newly admitted to the program 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 in identifying housing and community needs and desires, as well as locating 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 or move-in fee.
Enrollment in Mobility Counseling
Interested families can find out more about the program by contacting Housing Choice Partners, CHA’s Mobility Counseling Program partner at 312.386.1009.
*A CHA Opportunity Area is defined as 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.
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If the property address is in an orange area on the map below, then it is located in a CHA Opportunity Area.