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Jun. 14 2010 - 5:02 pm | 588 views | 0 recommendations | 6 comments

Need affordable housing in Chicago? Wait-list application opens today!

Today’s the day. The Chicago Housing Authority’s wait list for family housing opens for the first time in 10 years. If you need affordable housing in Chicago, apply today to be put in a lottery of 40,000 families selected for the wait list.

It won’t be instant gratification – families on the wait list may have to wait five years to get a unit. Still, it’s a great chance to live in one of CHA’s rehabbed properties. With rents going up in nearly every neighborhood in Chicago, finding an affordable place is no joke. In CHA’s public housing, you can be guaranteed that your rent will be no more than 30 percent of your family income.

To apply, you must be 18 years or older and make no more than 80 percent of the Chicago Area median income – $60,100 for a family of four.

To apply, you need the name, address and social security number of the head of household and any spouse, the number of other residents such as children, and your annual family income. Applying online seems fast and easy, but you have to do it before July 9th if you want a spot in the lottery.

Have questions? You can connect with the CHA’s wait list help through facebook, twitter, and the CHA wait list website.


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