CHA supports several programs dedicated to helping residents begin a job or advance their career. In 2021, over 500 CHA adults were connected to new or better jobs. For more information, call the workforce department at (312) 786-3210 or see below for details on CHA’s workforce development training and job placement programs. In addition, anyone seeking employment at the Chicago Housing Authority please visit our Careers page. Looking for an apprenticeship? Explore opportunities here.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS
Employment Placement Services
Direct employment placement services for individuals who have work experience and who need immediate referral assistance to direct employment opportunities. For both public housing residents and HCV participants.
For more information, contact the following Employment Placement Services contractors:
UCAN - CHA Workforce Program
Location: 10046 S. Western, Chicago, IL 60643
Contact: Erika Gibson - Career Specialist
Phone: 773-588-0180, extension: 53784 or 53029
Alternate Phone: 773-429-0300
FamilyWorks Employment Services
FamilyWorks specialized employment staff are responsible for conducting job preparation training (soft skills), and referrals to other CHA workforce programs, such as, Employment Placement Services, Golden Diners, and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) for direct placement, subsidized job training and education.
For more information and to find your FamilyWorks provider, click here
Hospitality Training Program
Learn in-demand skills to work in a short-term or long-term hospitality training and employment program focused on the food service and hospitality industries. Both programs below are open to public housing residents and HCV participants.
- The Golden Diners: 9-month transitional job program providing training and employment in food service and hospitality industries. Placements are in CHA’s senior buildings.
- Summer Food: 8-week transitional job program providing training and employment in food service and hospitality industries. Placements are made at CHA’s Summer Food Service Program sites. The program application is available each year in the Spring. The application period is March 1 - March 31st each year, and during this time the application can be found at https://summerfoodsemployment.thecha.org/.
For more information, contact:
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership partners with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to offer CHA residents and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) recipients a comprehensive job training program.
The Partnership offers dedicated career coaching, job training, and employment services to the CHA community as part of our shared investment in the talent and potential of communities across our region. Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.
Our goal is to help the CHA community find fulfilling jobs in their fields of interest and put them on a path to long-term employment. We work closely with employers to create opportunities for our participants and help them build their skills to land jobs that pay a living wage.
You can click on the link below to fill out our intake form, and we will reach out to you in the next 48 hours.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
Youth Paid Summer Opportunities
CHA offers a number of paid summer opportunities to CHA youth between the ages of 13-24 providing exposure to careers and mentoring while developing experience and skills.
For more information, contact:
CHA Student Internship Program
CHA provides a unique chance for CHA residents/Housing Choice Voucher family members who are college undergraduate and graduate students to gain invaluable professional experience by building skills and gaining workplace exposure through a quality summer learning opportunity.
For Section 3 Opportunities for businesses and individuals click here
Illinois Job Link
A searchable database for jobs. For more information, click here.
Chicagoland Career Pathways is a starting point for Chicagoans who are looking for an onramp to a rewarding career. Search training programs here.
Illinois residents can now join Coursera, an online learning platform where millions of learners from around the world come to develop the career-relevant skills necessary to remain competitive in a rapidly changing job market. Many of the world’s top company and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses and professional certificates aimed at preparing individuals for high-demand jobs.