New HCV Programs and Procedures


Effective October 2019: the Chicago Housing Authority will now allow the lease effective date to be on any day of the month, except the 1st.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 


In an effort to expedite the lease up process in the HCV Program, CHA is implementing a demonstration program that allows a voucher holder to move in to a unit prior to receiving a passed HQS inspection as long as there are no emergency or life-threatening fail items.

This demonstration program will be implemented on October 1, 2019 and applies to any initial inspections that occur on or after that date.

For more information and to see how it works, click here to link to a PDF of the What You Need to Know flyer. 


CHA has and will continue to take steps to ensure that every unit in the HCV Program meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and are inspected in a timely manner.  In January of 2015, CHA implemented a guideline that requires owners or their representatives, to be present at their annual inspection appointments. The January 2016 guideline states that any re-inspection for annual inspections, that results in “inconclusive” or no-show” will result in a failed inspection and may cause the unit to go into abatement.

Effective May 1st, 2017, CHA will modify the Owner Suspension Guidelines. If a property owner meets the criteria listed below, they will now be issued a warning letter and must attend a CHA-HQS Training prior to entering into any new HAP contracts.  

  • Smaller owners (20 units or fewer in HCV) – two more HAP contract terminations due to HQS violations within 12 months.
  • Larger owners (21 units or more in HCV) – 10% or more of their HAP contracts have been terminated due to HQS violations within 12 months.

If a property owner subsequently has a HAP contract termination due to HQS violations after receiving a warning letter, they will have a moratorium on new HAP contracts for one year. 

To avoid HAP contract terminations, property owners should be present at their inspections and should make every effort to pass the inspection on the first attempt.