2021 Emergency Housing Vouchers and Housing Assistance Resources

Updated June 29, 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 approx. 1,100 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 thecha.org/ehv as it is available.

Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP)                    

Apply June 28 – July 18, 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.

All Chicago:
Full listing of drop-in and by-appointment resources for persons currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. Visit allchicago.org/get-help.

Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Department:
Assistance available to those whose have experienced domestic crisis, fire, unemployment, or relocation, or who are in need of emergency food and/or clothing. Call 312-655-7500 or visit www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp.aspx.

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.