Housing choice voucher/section 8 waitlist only

Public Housing Project Based Voucher (PBV) applicants must click here to update their waitlist information. 

Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 applicants are required to keep CHA updated about changes to their information.

For general questions about the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist, please call 312-935-2600. 

Housing Choice Voucher waitlist applicants should enter data here to update their contact information.

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housing choice voucher/section 8 UPDATE INFORMATION


First Available: Willing to be housed in the first available unit in any area of Chicago



What is CHA’s Waitlist Lottery?

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. 

What is the difference between the Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8, and the Property Rental Assistance Program?

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).

How many names were placed on each waitlist?

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

I registered for CHA’s waitlist lottery in 2014. How do I know if my name was selected and placed on a waitlist?

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. 

For a complete list of 2014 Waitlist related questions.....

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