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Housing Thu May 13 2010

CHA Waiting List Reopens--Will Chicagoans Receive Public Housing?

The Trib reported Monday that the Chicago Housing Authority is reopening the waiting list for public housing that it closed in 1999. Five thousand families are still on that list--families who make less than 80 percent of their area median income.

The article does not give any estimates on how many families will apply to the list, but if the recently reopened Section 8 waiting list is any indication, demand will far outstrip supply.

"In 2008 the CHA opened up its waiting list for Section 8 housing, which provides vouchers to help people pay for rent with federal and state money. For that waiting list, about 232,000 people applied for 40,000 slots," the article said.

D. Bradford Hunt, associate professor of social science at Roosevelt University and author of Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing, foresees a torrent of new applications.

"I have no doubt the waiting list will just explode," he said.

Chicago has been part of what Hunt called an "affordable housing crisis nationwide" for many years, and the city's attempts to mitigate the crisis are held up as how not to provide housing for poor residents. But with 5,000 low-income families still waiting for public housing after more than a decade and a ratio of Section 8 applicants-to-openings of nearly six to one, how are poor families in Chicago keeping a roof over their heads?

"I have no idea," said Hunt. "They're paying a lot of rent somewhere."

 

annie perry / May 19, 2010 10:14 AM

so what happens to the old list of names will they be called first when housing comes available?

Quintina Richmond / May 20, 2010 12:34 PM

Iam currently on the waiting list.An i was trying to find out when are they going to contact me.

Quiana Lewis / May 25, 2010 7:28 PM

I am also currently on the waiting list. will some one be able to contact me also please! thank you.

Tiffany Covington / May 25, 2010 10:05 PM

I don't even kno if im on the waiting list. I did the application but never got a letter stating wheather or wheather not I made it on the list.

Lena Cobbins / May 26, 2010 10:21 AM

I'm currently on the waitlist and was wondering if i will be picked in the lottery i have given everything they needed as far as me and my daughter. I just hope we get and apartment this year .

MARCELLA STEVENSON / June 3, 2010 6:34 AM

I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR CHA 3 TIMES AND NEVER BEEN PICKED I HOPE I AND MY 4 CHILD BE PICKED THIS TIME. THANK YOU

ALBERT MILLER / June 3, 2010 6:40 AM

I'M A SINGLE MALE LOOKING FOR CHA HOUSING FOR MY 3 CHILDREN,PLEASE DON'T OVER LOOK THIS. THANK YOU

Miss Ernestine Greenlaw / June 7, 2010 9:31 AM

Please put me on the wait listing for Chicago Housing Authority . My Name Miss Ernestine Greenlaw I Reside at 6822 North Ashland # 3I chicago Illinois 60626. Please wrie me and let me not if I can be reinstated me and my children. Thank-You very much for letting me inquire. please send me the follow-up information as soon as possible within 24 hours' or less if possible. Have A Great Day. Ps. Also requesting for Heartland Alliance get this information for all clients' and other who need housing to 4750 North Sheridan # 500 Chicago Illinois 60640 @Dan Gasper. @ Miss Ernestine Greenlaw a client.

MAUREEN Woods / June 8, 2010 8:22 PM

I am currently on the waiting-list,i was wondering when u write a letter to cha letting them no that your phone numbers have change, why they dont write you back or respond letting u no that they recieve your letter.

Belinda Gunn / June 14, 2010 12:13 AM

I have been trying to get on the waiting list for severals years and never got on list and trying again this year.

CARLA PORTER / June 14, 2010 12:26 AM

i just tried hope god gonna bless me this year.

Tawana Hall / June 14, 2010 6:33 AM

Hi, I been on the waiting list since 1999 and now I reside in Georgia. Will I be able to transfer my information out here or will I have to reapply?

linda chapple / June 14, 2010 11:08 AM

Being on this waiting list means something. It means that I(person on waiting list) will never be more than I am at this time. you must maintain a low income status in order to receive housing. This is u pledging not to be more than u are today. Work hard and pay your own way.

Laura King / June 14, 2010 11:30 AM

I am also currently on the waiting list waiting to be called.

linda chapple / June 14, 2010 12:26 PM

T H says she has been on the waiting list for 11 years. what have u been doing? Or not doing? What u could have added to your life in all that time.

David / June 15, 2010 12:43 AM

Thank you for your comments. In case there is any confusion, you must directly contact the CHA to be eligible for the new lottery.

The Family Housing Wait List Lottery website is http://www.chawaitlist.org.

Da'Shawn Reid / August 19, 2010 11:41 AM

Wow!That's the word I can give you.its like siting in the dark.waiting on someone 2 turn the like on.I have been on the waiting list since 2000.I still havn't been pick.me and my sister kanotria reid.I think its so unfair when yous guys came up with the lottery.you didn't meach a word.that if you already on the list you still.had 2 put your name in the drawing 4 your name 2 be call.the cha forgot all bout us .who been waiting like 4ever.I wrote 2 you no aswer back. I have 3 kids make it day by day.hoping n praying that I get pick.I don't understand when I been on the waitinglist for 10yrs n someone that just alppy gets pick.please give the old list a chance.when will it be my turn?

antonia hayes / August 26, 2010 11:53 PM

I was just sitting back wondering am I on the waiting list or what cause I have heated anything yet not a letter or anything I just want to no am I in or out.

Earlean,Cobbins / October 20, 2010 4:39 PM

I know i need help, as well but put the people that need it the most,like my neice lena m.cobbins she's homeless her and baby, and all the homeless people, that out there, if that any more room left, for little old me then look me up, PLEASE GOD give the people,the space ,be fore the snow fall's, help the homeless thank you and god bless.

Lillie / March 17, 2011 2:24 PM

To earlean cobbins u big fat funky bitch stop trying to use my daughter and grandbaby to make yourslef look good by saying my family is homeless you and that dophiemies family of yours you never helps anyone not even your fucking self now god need to help you stop telling these lies dont play bullshit with me my daughter has a home you nappy head bitch!!!

Latrice Watts / October 30, 2011 11:05 PM

MY NAMES IS LATRICE WATTS AND I FILED OUT AND APPLICATION FOR THE SECTION 8 LOW INCOME FAMILY I MOVED SO HERE IS MY NEW ADDRESS 6352 S MICHIGAN APT;302 IF I WAS PUT ON THE WAITING LIST I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF I GET I LETTER LETTING ME KNOW IF I WAS PUT ON THE LIST OR REJECTED. THANK YOU MS LATRICE WATTS

Nene / December 3, 2012 4:34 PM

Cha sucks. They only open up their waitlist every 10 years. It takes you 20 years just to get housing move to Minnesota that's where you will get your help from. They city of Minneapolis is 100 times better than Chicago.

Nene / December 3, 2012 4:43 PM

Cha need to open up that waitlist for all housing in 2013. That's a shame they got people waiting on housing when they got over 30,000 units open for rent. I see they doing an update 3 and 5 years after opening the waitlist for section 8 and public housing. They should have been did this. Cha also got in trouble with Hud too for taking money for empty units that could be housing women with kids or homeless people. Chicago wondering why so many people moving out of the city and state.

Nene / January 17, 2013 4:10 PM

I was told they will reopen the waiting lists this year. That's why they doing a update. People if your on the list update your name please.

They also got HUD on their backs and cha suppose to be doing away with the 1/3rd which is good. We need more low income apts.

charlene Jackson Webb / June 14, 2013 7:21 AM

Update my information
#708-265-9795

Latanya Patterson / June 16, 2013 12:35 AM

I beenwaiting for 6years and IT have 3kids. And I haven't been called yet.Please CHA can you find in your heart to help me out and get a housing voucher quick. My numberis (708) 566-4351 My nameis Latanya Patterson.

Andrew Huff / June 16, 2013 8:58 PM

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