CHA supports several programs dedicated to helping residents begin a job or advance their career.  In 2017, approximately 1,500 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.  


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 participations. 

For more information, contact the following Employment Placement Services contractors:

Location:  223 West Jackson Suite 1005, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone:  312-629-4761

Center for New Horizons
Location: 4150 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60653
Email: Emmerm@cnh.org
Phone:  773-373-5700

Location:  837 W. 119th Street, Chicago, IL 60643
Phone:  773-291-1086

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, Direct Placement, Transitional Jobs, Golden Diners, and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) for direct placement, subsidized job training and education. To learn more about FamilyWorks and to find your provider, click here

Transitional Jobs
Short-term subsidized employment program for individuals with little to no work experience with the ultimate goal of placing participants in unsubsidized employment. For both public housing residents and HCV participations. For more information, contact Centers for New Horizons at (773) 357-4111 or Employment & Employer Services (312) 442-1126 or Safer Foundation at (773) 826-6323.

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 now available online by clicking here or visiting https://summerfoodsemployment.thecha.org/. Applications must be submitted by April 10, 2020.

For more information, contact Employment and Employer Services at 312-786-3370.

Jobs Plus (for public housing residents of Altgeld Gardens)
In 2015, CHA was awarded a grant from HUD to launch the Jobs Plus Pilot Program in Altgeld Gardens. Jobs Plus helps connect residents of Altgeld to new or better jobs.  To learn more about the Jobs Plus program, click here. For more information on how to access Jobs Plus services, please contact CHA’s partner Metropolitan Family Services.

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) offers a range of employment services and trainings for all residents of Cook County.  CHA works with the workforce centers to provide specific services to public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants. CCWP is also a partner in the Jobs Plus Pilot Program. For more information, contact Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership or call (312) 603-0200.


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, visit the Youth Opportunities page, call the Youth Hotline at (312) 786-6930, or email youthopportunities@thecha.org.

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.


Check out these Business Development Programs:

Section 3 
CHA’s Section 3 program focuses on direct hiring and training of residents and other low-income Chicagoans for CHA contracts. For more information, click here or call (312) 542-8802.  


Illinois Job Link
A searchable database for jobs. For more information, click here.