The Chicago Housing Authority opened a waitlist lottery in late 2014 for applicants to its three housing programs: Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher and Property Rental Assistance Program. In the first quarter of 2015, a random lottery selected applicants to be placed on the waitlist for these three programs.
Applicants for each of these programs are required to be 18 years of age or older, meet specific low-income requirements, prove citizenship or eligible immigrant status, provide Social Security information and pass a screening test. The obligatory screening process involves a criminal background, residential and credit history check. Supplying false information during the application process may result in the rejection of an application. Further requirements may pertain to each of CHA's respective housing projects.
The income guidelines set by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development state that a family of one must not have an income that exceeds $41,000 a year, a family of two $48,650, a family of three $54,780 and a family of four $60,800. These guidelines extend to a family of eight, whose income must not exceed $80,300 a year.
While the Chicago Housing Authority's waitlist lottery is currently closed, applicants who are 55 years of age or older may apply to the CHA's senior housing waitlist, which always remains open. Similar eligibility requirements apply.