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CHA opens Family Wait List for first time in more than a decade

For the first time in more than a decade, families in need of affordable housing will have the chance to add their names to the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) Family Housing Wait List – the list used to fill CHA public housing rental units as they become available.

This is a historic opportunity for Chicagoans to take advantage of the housing CHA offers. With more than 17,000 of CHA’s 25,000 units already renovated or replaced, the Wait List Lottery gives families the ability to find quality, affordable housing in the city. 

In total, CHA will randomly select the names of 40,000 families to add to the list this year, with all names chosen through a lottery process.  Families interested in this opportunity can register for the Family Housing Wait List lottery anytime, from any computer or internet-enabled cell phone between June 14 and July 9, 2010.  All registrations are treated equally, no matter when you apply during the open registration period.  Registration is free and easy.

If you do not have a home computer, you can register online at any one of more than 100 sites scattered throughout the city. Representatives will also be on hand to offer assistance where needed.  Online registration is available in English, Chinese, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu/Hindi and Vietnamese. 

Everyone who submits a registration will receive a letter notifying whether or not they have been placed on the Wait List. As apartments become available, those selected for the Wait List will be contacted to determine if the available unit matches their needs and to verify eligibility. Housing types range from historical apartments in traditional CHA family housing sites, in recently rehabbed units scattered throughout virtually every community in Chicago or in newly built mixed-income developments in revitalized neighborhoods.

For more information, visit, text “INFO” to 75309 on your mobile phone, or call 1-866-7-thecha (866.784.3242) or 311. 


  1. 1. Marvin Young from 300 Lake st, apt # 907 60085 on May 27, 2010

    I like participate in lottery,selection for housing CHA,I live WHA in waukegan, Love to move back to Chicago

  2. 2. michelle collins from chicago ill on June 14, 2010

    I michelle collins will like to be in the lottery drawing for housing

  3. 3. Mandy Burrell Booth from Chicago on June 14, 2010

    To get on the CHA’s wait list, you must register at CHA’s web site:

    If you need assistance completing the registration form, contact 866-7-thecha (866.784.3242) or 311.

    Finally, please note that you must complete your registration with CHA by July 9.

  4. 4. herman parks on June 14, 2010

    i would like to apply

  5. 5. thomas newton from chicago on June 22, 2010

    how long does it take, i've been approved 2yrs ago, this is my second time applying

  6. 6. Mandy Burrell Booth from Chicago on June 22, 2010

    Thomas, this is from the CHA's site: "It does not matter when you apply within the registration period, and every applicant's chances are equal. Apply anytime between June 14 and July 9." If you have other questions, we'd recommend you call call 866-7-thecha (866.784.3242) or 311.

  7. 7. Angelica Reyes on September 8, 2010

    How long does it take to know if you been selected?

  8. 8. Duminda on February 5, 2011

    I am sure there must have been thousands to register and add their names to the wait-list in the affordable housing which was called for by the Chicago Housing Authority’s Family Housing Wait List after more than a decade!! Just goes to show how difficult it must be to get affordable houses there and I am sure the people registering now will have a several years wait ahead for them before they really get their homes!!

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