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The Chicago Housing Authority provides homes to more than 50,000 families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout the city. CHA has utilized the flexibility of the Moving To Work agreement to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use federal dollars to more efficiently help residents become self-sufficient and to increase housing choices for low-income families. As a result, CHA families are more successful than ever before. In 2000, 15% of work-eligible heads-of-household were employed. Now more than 58% are employed. Also, the annual income of employed heads-of-household has doubled to more than $19,000 a year.

CHA BOARD APPROVES DEVELOPERS FOR NEXT PHASE OF CABRINI GREEN REDEVELOPMENT AND CO-LOCATED HOUSING...

The CHA Board of Commissioners today approved the selection of the development team for the next phase of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Cabrini-Green site, along with the development team for two mixed-use buildings that will bring affordable housing and Chicago Public Library (CPL) branches to North Side communities

CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY 2017 MOVING TO WORK ANNUAL PLAN APPROVED BY HUD

Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. announced today that CHA’s 2017 Moving to Work (MTW) Annual Plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), allowing the agency to move forward with its proposals outlined in the Plan

MAYOR EMANUEL, CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE PROPOSED NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND FLEXIBLE FORMAT TARGET...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. today announced the CHA is partnering with several Chicago-area developers to bring a proposed mixed-income and mixed-use development to the Rogers Park neighborhood that includes affordable and market rate housing, a “flexible-format” Target store, and an upgraded community room and open space for residents of CHA’s Caroline Hedger Apartments for seniors on Sheridan Road near Devon Avenue

100 Chicago Housing Authority college scholars return for “Take Flight: Staying the Course”

Despite the cold, 100 collegians gathered at the Chicago Housing Authority today to “check in” after their Fall semester to explore internship and employment opportunities for the summer

CHA helps 100 public housing college students connect with local reps offering job opportunities

About 100 Chicago Housing Authority college scholars will return to CHA this week for “Take Flight: Staying the Course.” Staying the Course is a check-in event designed to help CHA students in college stay connected with those who provide internship and employment opportunities.

JOINT STATEMENT ON LATHROP REPLACEMENT HOUSING FROM CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY (CHA) AND BUSINESS AND...

Last February, CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. pledged in writing to replace 525 units of housing at Lathrop Homes by providing new housing units in North Side communities. Today, CHA and BPI reached an agreement in federal court that will enable CHA to meet its commitment to those 525 units by building 420 family units and 105 senior units. CHA has committed to building an additional 105 units of family housing in North Side neighborhoods for a total of 630 units of housing.

CHA prepares for bitter cold

As bitter cold sets in this week in Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is preparing to ensure all of its residents stay safe, warm and comfortable.

CHA receives HUD grant to help CHA youth with student aid navigation, financial literacy

The Chicago Housing Authority has received $452,000 as part of a federal grant to help young people living in public housing apply for federal student aid and other post-secondary education opportunities.

CHA Explores New Possibilities for Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Chicago Housing Authority has proposed a pilot program for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program that would provide voucher holders with intensive services and job training to determine if a time limit on voucher use is feasible, potentially making more vouchers available sooner to those waiting for affordable housing.

CHICAGO BULLS AND CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY HOST MORE THAN 400 STUDENTS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY...

On Sunday, December 4, the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will host hundreds of students (ages 5-13) who reside in CHA family housing developments at their 17th annual holiday party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)

Teens Give Voice to Voiceless through Documentary Film

Filmmaking is a means of personal expression that this summer allowed 16 young women who are Chicago Housing Authority residents to document the unseen realities that surround them. Ranging from the gravity of teen pregnancy to the devastation of neighborhood violence, these women learned to use film as a tool in a collaborative documentary filmmaking program offered by CHA and DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts

For the First Time, CHA Resident Has a “Home for the Holidays”

Susan Tovar sometimes just stops and looks out into her new backyard. And reflects on her hard work. And on the journey it took to get where she is. “My little one gets home from school, and goes right out to the backyard and plays,” said Tovar, a single mother with three children. “I watch him through the window. That means so much to me.”

City of Chicago Awarded Federal Funding to Support 150 Housing Units for Homeless Veterans

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Eugene Jones Jr. today announced that CHA has been awarded $1.3 million in project-based voucher subsidies with supportive services to support the long-term affordability of housing for homeless veterans, the second-largest award among housing agencies in the country.

MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY AND CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY THAT...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. and Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon today to announce an interagency partnership that will provide three new mixed-income housing developments with co-located libraries - strengthening communities with affordable housing and community anchors that support life-long learning. In a break from the standard, cookie-cutter designs that are common to government buildings, Mayor Emanuel envisions striking and bold architectural designs for these buildings. As part of the projects, he will call on architectural firms to bid on the work and use their creativity to leave a lasting legacy of public art in neighborhoods across Chicago

Chicago Housing Authority to distribute 10,000 coats to children at 9th annual Operation Warm...

CHA is partnering with the national non-profit Operation Warm for the ninth consecutive year to give away 10,000 new winter coats to children living in Public Housing and participants of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

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Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.

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January brings uptick in Illinois home sales and prices

The start of a new year brought renewed interest from homebuyers who drove home sales and the statewide median price higher in January, according to Illinois REALTO

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Quigley Fights to Expand Affordable Housing and Protect Vital Infrastructure Investments

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) fought to expand federal housing assistance and protect funding and eligibility for vital infrastructure programs that improve the economy and support local communities, including projects in Chicago and Cook County. His efforts come as the House Appropriations Committee considers the FY15 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill Fisher Investments Jay Carlson