Chicago Public Housing Wait-List Opens for First Time in a Decade

Lotto ticket
Lotto ticket

There's a lottery in Chicago that will draw 40,000 winners. Sound too good to be true? Well, kind of, but not too far off.

The Chicago Housing Authority is getting ready to open its "Family Housing Wait List" for the first time in a decade.

After the four-week application window closes this summer, an electronically generated list of 40,000 eligible families will be added to the waiting list. These families will then wait about five to seven years before being given the keys to rehabilitated CHA rental units across the city of Chicago.

The registration window will be open from June 14 to July 9, when applicants can register online at