CHA accepting new Section 8 housing applications

April 17, 2008 1:56:00 PM PDT
For the first time in more than ten years, the Chicago Housing Authority is taking applications for Section 8 housing vouchers.Those vouchers reduce rent payments for low and moderate income residents.

Anyone who's interested can apply from now until May 15, when the application period ends.

A lottery will determine the 40,000 people who will win a spot on the list. Those on the list could receive vouchers within a few months. Others could take years.

"We're at a point where we're at the last portion of our list. And we just felt it was the right thing to do to open it up. So there is no new money. But as we lose families through attrition and other things we see that there's opportunity available," said Lewis Jordan, Chicago Housing Authority CEO.

For more information call 312-786-3676 or to register online, visit