Apply for Public Housing

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) offers affordable rental housing opportunities. Waitlists are open and you can apply at any time.

If you need assistance you can visit the Central Office located at 60 E Van Buren St or for all other Client Center needs, schedule an appointment here.


Please be aware of bogus websites and flyers targeting housing authorities all over the country. Always remember, housing authorities NEVER charge a fee to join a waitlist. NEVER give ANY personal information to sites that are not reputable.

Applying for Public Housing And Project Based Voucher Program FAQ

Anyone interested in Public Housing and Project Based Voucher program can apply.

All new applications can be completed online at applyonline.thecha.org.

Follow the on-screen instructions at applyonline.thecha.org.

You will need your:

  • Social Security Number, Alien Registration Number, or Temporary ID Number (will be assigned)
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address*

You will have the option to select the property or property group of your choice.


*If you do not have an e-mail address, you can register for a free e-mail address at Google or Yahoo.

You can apply online at any time. Applications are always open.

If you need assistance you can visit the Central Office located at 60 E Van Buren St or for all other Client Center needs, schedule an appointment here.

For Assistance In Other Languages:

Call 312-742-8500.

You will receive an email confirmation when you have successfully completed your application. For more information, please contact CHA at: 312-913-7400 or CHAOccupancy@thecha.org.

How to Apply Flyers

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How to Update/Check Your Application Flyers

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