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.


Illinois residents 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 (due from June 2020 through August 2021) through their local IDHS service provider agency. Visit www.rentrelief.com/allchicago to learn more and apply.

Outside the City of Chicago? Visit illinoisrentalassistance.org to find your local service provider.


The Chicago Continuum of Care is actively working to connect eligible individuals and families already in homelessness prevention programs to over 1,100 Emergency Housing Vouchers. See below for more information regarding available homelessness prevention programs.

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.