Public Housing

The Chicago Housing Authority is the third largest public housing agency in the nation. It serves more than 17,000 low-income public housing households, providing safe, decent and affordable housing in healthy, vibrant communities.. Public housing provides homes for families, the elderly and those with disabilities from scattered single family houses to apartments for elderly families. The CHA is 87 percent complete in a comprehensive, historic overhaul of 25,000 public housing units, providing residents a firm foundation on their road to self-sufficiency.


Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program 

CHA’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program allows low-income families to rent quality housing in the private market via federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through the HCV Program, CHA pays a portion of eligible families’ rent each month directly to the landlord. Families can use their vouchers to rent a house or apartment in the private market throughout the city of Chicago.  Because there are more families who need rental assistance than there are funds available, CHA uses a waiting list to administer the program to eligible families.



One of the Chicago Housing Authority’s primary goals is to help public housing residents and families on their road toward self-sufficiency to become an integral part of the fabric of Chicago. The CHA offers a range of federally-funded subsidies for low-income families, including traditional public housing, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and services for residents, including employment training, retention assistance, child care programs, scholarships and other key services.