The Mobility Counseling Program assists families in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program to move into Mobility Areas within the City of Chicago. Mobility Areas are community areas with poverty levels below 20% and low violent crime rates. Current HCV participants who do not currently live in Mobility Areas, participants who are newly admitted to the Program and families porting in from another Housing Authority are eligible to participate in the Mobility Counseling Program. Families currently residing in a Mobility Area who seek to relocate to a new Mobility Area are eligible for Mobility Counseling Program services only, but not the $500 grant.
MOBILITY COUNSELING PROGRAM SERVICES
A Mobility Counselor assists families in identifying housing and community needs and desires, as well as locating a unit in a Mobility Area. Participating families work with the Mobility Counselor throughout the move process to assist with transition into new communities (e.g. locating community resources, enrolling children in schools). Participants can also take advantage of the following benefits:
- Workshops on home maintenance, financial management and tenant rights
- Community tours and unit search assistance
- A grant of up to $500 to be used toward a security deposit or move-in fee.
- Must be in good standing with the Chicago Housing Authority and current landlord
- Must have at least 45 days remaining on your voucher
- Must have one or more youth dependents up to age 16
ENROLLMENT IN MOBILITY COUNSELING
Interested families can find out more about the program by contacting Housing Choice Partners, CHA’s Mobility Counseling Program partner at (312) 386-1009.
- At this time, Mobility Orientation sessions are being held as one-on-one calls, rather than calendar group events. Housing Choice Partners counselors will call enrolled Mobility participants to schedule virtual orientation sessions.
Exception payment standards are part of CHA’s strategy to expand housing choices for HCV participants in Mobility Areas throughout Chicago. Effective March 1, 2018, Mobility Area is defined as a Chicago community area with 20% or fewer of its families with income below the poverty level and a below median reported violent crime count (normalized by the community area’s total population). Some community areas with improving poverty and violent crime rates along with significant job clusters are also designated as Mobility Areas. CHA uses this definition of Mobility Areas for implementing its Mobility Counseling Program, for approving exception payment standards, and for providing landlord incentive payments.
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If the property address is in an orange area on the map below, then it is located in a CHA Mobility Area.