Updated May 19, 2021
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Waiting Lists
CHA’s waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is closed, however waiting lists for CHA Public Housing and the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program are open and accepting applications. Visit applyonline.thecha.org to learn more, apply and/or check your application status.
Outside the City of Chicago? Visit tinyurl.com/hudphalist to find your local Public Housing Authority.
CHA Emergency Housing Vouchers
Available July 1, 2021
CHA will receive 1,097 special emergency housing vouchers (EHVs) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and is working with the Chicago Continuum of Care to develop an applicant screening and prioritization process. More information will be posted on www.thecha.org/ehv as it is available.
Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
Apply May 24 – June 8, 2021
Chicago residents, including subsidized tenants, unable to pay rent due to a COVID-19 related financial hardship can apply to receive grant funds to cover up to 15 months of rent and utilities. The application must be completed jointly by the tenant and property owner, and if approved, funds will be paid directly to the property owner. Visit chicago.gov/renthelp to learn more and apply.
Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP)
Apply May 17 – June 7, 2021
Illinois residents unable to pay rent due to a COVID-19 related financial hardship can apply to receive grant funds of up to $25,000 to cover up to 15 months of rent. The application must be completed jointly by the tenant and property owner, and if approved, funds will be paid directly to the property owner. Visit ilrpp.ihda.org to learn more and apply. Subsidized tenants are not eligible for this program.
Chicago Homelessness Prevention Programs
Chicago Homelessness Prevention Call Center:
Ask for “Short-Term Help” or request transportation to a homeless shelter. Staff will assess impacted person/family eligibility for financial assistance and other community resources, and make a referral to a partner agency. Call 3-1-1 or 312-744-5000.
Chicago’s Coordinated Entry Center:
Impacted persons must be sleeping in a shelter, outside, in a vehicle, or any place not meant for human habitation. The housing assessment may not lead to an immediate housing option. Call 312-361-1707.
Full listing of drop-in and by-appointment resources for persons currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. Visit allchicago.org/get-help.
Salvation Army Emergency Assistance & Homelessness Prevention:
Assistance available for rent/mortgage, utilities, medicine, food, clothing, or transportation. Call 773-725-1100 or visit centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/referral-desk.
HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies:
Counseling available to assist in improving housing conditions, meeting financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy. Visit tinyurl.com/HUDhousingcounseling.