I am pleased to announce that for the first time since 2014, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will open its waiting lists for public housing and project-based Section 8 housing units, including the 65 CHA units in the Concord at Sheridan, currently under construction at the northwest corner of Sheridan and Devon.
The waiting lists will open this Wednesday, December 12th, at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open permanently. The lists are for public housing and project-based Section 8 units only. The Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is NOT open.
CHA housing is available to individuals and families earning less than 80% of Area Median Income (ranging from $47,400 for a single person to $67,700 for a family of four to $89,400 for a family of eight).
The Concord at Sheridan is a new 111-unit mixed-income building with 65 units of CHA housing and a Target store on the ground level. As Chairman of the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate, I worked with the CHA and a private developer to forge this unique public-private partnership that brought much-needed affordable housing and retail amenities to our community.
The Target store is slated to open this spring and the residential units at the Concord will be ready for occupancy this summer.
The application process also will give seniors in our neighborhood an opportunity to get a jump start on the waiting list for the Levy House, an affordable senior citizen building at 1221 W. Sherwin. I secured a commitment from the CHA earlier this year to purchase the building and keep it affordable after a market rate developer threatened to purchase the property.
Scroll to the end of this email for more information on the Levy House waiting list.
How do I apply to get on a waiting list?
CHA’s site-based waitlist application process is simple and easy. Starting this Wednesday, December 12th, at 9:00 a.m., visit www.thecha.org on any computer, tablet, or smartphone and click on the following link: “Apply for Housing—Public Housing & PBV Applicants Only!” Then follow the step-by-step instructions.
If you know someone who does not have access to a computer or does not feel comfortable using the Internet, please have them call my office at 773-338-5796. My staff will make an appointment with a local community organization that can assist them.
The CHA no longer maintains one citywide general waiting list. Instead, it maintains site-specific waiting lists. In other words, you must select a specific building or scattered site area when you apply.
The average waiting time varies by building and community area. With the exception of the Concord at Sheridan, which is a new building, you can view online the approximate wait times for each building and community area. Your position on the list is based on the date and time you submitted your application and other factors, such as military service, homelessness, domestic violence, etc.
You can be on only one waiting list at a time, but you may change your selection at any time without having to go to the back of the line. For example, if you apply on Wednesday for scattered site housing in Rogers Park and then decide a few months later to apply instead for the Concord at Sheridan, you may switch waiting lists and still maintain your original application date.
The CHA will keep the waiting lists open, so you may apply for housing at any time, though I recommend you apply as close as possible to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday to assure a better position on your list.
It is not necessary to have all your documents ready at the time of application. When you apply, you will be asked to provide basic information–your name, Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number, family composition, contact information, and accessibility accommodation requests.
You will have the option to indicate two emergency contacts, such as a family member, medical service provider, or case worker. I encourage you to provide this information, especially if you do not check your email or phone messages regularly or do not have a permanent address, so that the CHA can contact you when you reach the top of your list.
Please keep both your contact information and the information for your emergency contacts up to date.
When you reach the top of the waiting list for your choice, the CHA will contact you by email, phone, and letter sent via the United States Postal Service. They will also contact the people you list as emergency contacts. You must respond within five business days of receiving the CHA’s communication to keep your spot.
How do I apply for the Levy House senior building?
The CHA at my request will soon purchase the Levy House, a 56-unit senior citizen building at 1221 W. Sherwin. This purchase will ensure that Levy House continues to remain affordable to low- and moderate-income senior citizens.
Because the sale is not yet complete, the building will NOT appear on the CHA’s waiting list next Wednesday. But if you are interested in living in the Levy House and meet the CHA’s income qualifications, I strongly encourage you to apply this Wednesday to be on the waiting list for another CHA property.
As I indicate above, your place on the waiting list is based largely on the day you filed an application, and CHA’s rules now allow you to change your selection at any time without penalty. By applying for a CHA property next Wednesday, you will get a December 12th time stamp. When CHA opens applications for the Levy House (probably next summer), simply switch your waiting list to the Levy House and your December 12th application date will apply.
Note to current Levy House residents: You DO NOT need to reapply for the building. All current residents have the right to remain in the building and do not need to take any further action.
I know some this information may be confusing, so if you have any questions about the CHA application process, please contact my staff assistant, Ann Hinterman, at email@example.com or 773-338-5796.