Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs)

Updated July 7, 2021 -– Approximately 1,100 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) will be available starting July 1, 2021.
Note: This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available, so please check back regularly for updates.

General Information

Thank you for your interest in Chicago’s Emergency Housing Vouchers. The Chicago Continuum of Care, or CoC, is currently making decisions about how to connect people in homeless programs to vouchers. The CoC is a membership organization made up of agencies and people who work to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago. While the CoC is still in the process of deciding how to connect people to vouchers, the process will involve offering vouchers to people already part of Chicago’s homeless programs. There is no way to sign up for a waitlist for this housing resource.

If you need a place to sleep tonight, you can call the City of Chicago’s 311 service system to be connected to an emergency shelter.

If you need homeless prevention resources, please contact the City of Chicago’s 311 service system and use the term “short-term help” to be transferred to the Homeless Prevention Call Center.


Are you ready to fill your available units? When EHVs hit the streets on July 1, approximately 1,100 individuals and families will be actively looking to rent units — don't miss out!

Step 1: Learn more about EHVs, the leasing process and working with CHA.  

Step 2: Advertise your available units. Like all HCV participant families, EHV families will search for housing in the private market and will contact the property owners if they are interested in an available unit.

CHA partners with GoSection8.com to connect voucher holders with potential units. Note: Property owners or units postings on GoSection8.com are not pre-screened, pre-approved, or endorsed by CHA.