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Your Hub for Forms, Applications, and Information

Learn more about the basics of Housing Choice Vouchers, Project Based Vouchers, and other HACC programs. This page also contains information and forms for applicants and residents.

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View available properties through the Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Programs.

New Residents

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

A federally funded program designed to help eligible low-income families secure decent, safe and sanitary rental housing.

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Recertifications

Annual Renewals

The HACC must conduct a reexamination of family income and composition at least annually. This includes gathering and verifying current information about family composition, income, and expenses. Based on this updated information, the family’s income and rent must be recalculated.

When Recertification Begins

The HACC will begin the annual reexamination process 120 days in advance of its scheduled effective date. Generally, the HACC will schedule annual reexamination effective dates to coincide with the family’s anniversary date. Anniversary date is defined as 12 months from the effective date of the family’s last annual reexamination or, during a family’s first year in the program, from the effective date of the family’s initial examination (admission).

What Do I Have to Do?

Mailed packet with instructions to be completed and returned with supporting documents within 30 days of notice.

Recertification Forms

Visit the resources page on this website for the most up-to-date recertification forms.

Reasonable Accommodations

Ensuring a Safe Living Place

All housing properties must meet minimum standards of quality.

Portability

Portability

Families that have been issued a voucher have the right to use tenant-based voucher assistance to lease a unit anywhere in the United States providing that the unit is located within the jurisdiction of a PHA administering a tenant-based voucher program. This process is known as portability. The Housing Authority of Cook County is currently billing Initial Public Housing Agencies (PHA).

Incoming Portability

If you would like to be assisted in HACC’s jurisdiction you must initiate contact with your current PHA regarding the portability process.
Incoming portability requests can be receive by the HACC from the initial PHA via the following methods:

Mail to: Housing Authority of Cook County, Attn: Incoming Portability, 175 W. Jackson Blvd. Ste 350, Chicago IL 60604

Via email to: [email protected]

Via fax to: 312-237-4272

Outgoing Portability

If you are a current HACC HCV program participant and wish to relocate outside of HACC’s jurisdiction, you must initiate contact with your Housing Specialist. For assistance in searching for the Housing Agency in the jurisdiction you wish to move click here.

Portability Forms

Visit the resources page on this website for the most up-to-date portability forms.

Interims/Adjustments

Adjusting Family Circumstances

Family circumstances may change throughout the period between annual reexaminations. The HACC requires families to report all changes in family income and composition in writing and/or by completing and submitting an interim/adjustment request application within 30days of the change. HUD regulations also permit the HACC to conduct interim reexaminations of income or family composition at any time.

Moves

Moves

Freedom of choice is a hallmark of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Therefore, HUD regulations impose few restrictions on where families may live or move with HCV assistance. A family’s right to move is generally contingent upon the family’s compliance with program requirements.

Requirements

Participants must first meet these requirements:

– Have lived in their current unit for at least a year and be eligible to move under their current lease agreement
– Have a current, complete annual re-certification
– Have given notice to their current landlord of their intent to move

How It Works

If a family wishes to move to a new unit, the family must notify the HACC and the owner before moving out of the old unit or terminating the lease on notice to the owner. If the family wishes to move to a unit outside the HACC’s jurisdiction under portability, the notice to the HACC must specify the area where the family wishes to move. The notices must be in writing by either completing an Intent to Vacate Notice with the Landlord or providing a copy of the notice that was mailed to the landlord along with a copy of the certified receipt The HACC requires a written notice prior to the moving papers being issued. Upon receipt of a family’s notification that it wishes to move, the HACC will determine whether the move is approvable in accordance with the regulations and policies.

What Happens Once Approved?

For families approved to move to a new unit within the HACC’s jurisdiction, the HACC will require the family to attend a mandatory briefing. The HACC will provide the family with a briefing packet that will include families of the voucher term, HACC’s payment standards, procedures for requesting approval of a unit, the unit inspection process, and the leasing process and Mobility Program and other required information. Participants should be prepared for the class to last up to two (2) hours in order to receive moving papers.

What if the Move Doesn't Happen?

If a family does not locate a new unit within the term of the voucher and any extensions, the family may remain in its current unit with continued voucher assistance if the owner agrees and the HACC approves. Otherwise, the family will lose its assistance. If the family has moved out of its unit and is no longer receiving assistance (no HAP made on behalf of the family) during the move process, the family must begin receiving assistance again within 180 days to remain eligible for the program.

Search for Available Units

You can search for available units at www.ilhousingsearch.org.

Review Inspection Results

You can review inspection results at www.results.emimms.com

Get More Help

Here are some alternative resources if you are unsuccessful in your search for assistance from the Housing Authority of Cook County.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Purpose of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is to empower people to take control of their lives by becoming independent, productive members of their communities. Interested in how it works?

Steps to Self-Sufficiency
  1. Establish Goals

    Work with FSS Coordinators to figure out your family’s individual goals—reducing debt, getting a degree, starting a new career, becoming a homeowner, and more!

  2. Obtain and/or maintain employment

    The FSS and Human Services teams are here to help you get connected to the resources you need to achieve your goals.

  3. Become independent

    As your household income increases, HACC manages an escrow account to help you build financial assets.

  4. Complete Program & Graduate

    Upon successful completion of the program, your family will receive a payout from the escrow account to put towards your goals!

Community Choice Program

The HACC’s Community Choice Program helps families with vouchers move to Opportunity Areas, some of the top-performing neighborhoods in suburban Cook County. The program’s sole purpose is to help families like yours use your voucher as a means to improve your quality of life, not just to help you pay your rent. Perfect for families with children 18 years and under.

Meet our Mobility Counselers
Roberta McClain

Mobility Counselor

Marisol Miranda

Mobility Counselor

Claudia Tiscareno

Program Manager for Mobility/FSS

  • Grants Available

    Grants up to $1,000 to $2,000 for qualified participants.

  • Find a Place

    HACC offers referrals to available units.

  • Free Workshops!

    Workshops on landlord/tenant rights/responsibilities, financial literacy, and more.

  • Looking to Improve your Credit

    Resources provide to help access your credit report

Homeownership Program

For eligible participants in the FSS program, the Homeownership Program can help first-time homebuyers with affording a mortgage. Instead of a monthly rental check, Homeownership Program vouchers will cover a portion of your monthly mortgage payments. Talk to the FSS team today about the program by emailing [email protected]