Chicago House operates a range of scattered-site housing programs.  These programs are apartment units that are spread out in different areas of Chicago, and usually offer clients rental support, case management services, employment support, and/or other support services.  Eligibility requirements for these programs vary and the programs are designed to meet the needs of homeless and chronically homeless individuals and families whom are also impacted by chronic medical issues.

Chicago House’s Scattered-Site Housing Program is also running an innovative, multi-year Special Project of National Significance, called Gaining Ground, which integrates housing and support services with employment services. The mission of Gaining Ground is to empower individuals to attain social and economic self-sufficiency. This program has found that combining supportive housing and employment training provides many of our clients with a continuum of tools to improve their income and housing security.  To view our 2016 Scattered Site Housing Dashboard of outcomes and successes, please click:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for scattered-site housing?
Unfortunately, the Gaining Ground waitlist is currently closed.  Interested parties are invited to contact our Housing Inquiry Line  at 773.248.5200 and press ‘2’  to request an application packet.  All other openings in Chicago House’s Scattered-Site Housing Program are currently being filled through the Chicago Central Referral System.  If you go to the Chicago Central Referral System, you may complete an online survey that will place you on a waiting list to be contacted by housing providers. Completing this survey does not guarantee that you will be placed in housing with Chicago House.
Am I eligible?
Completing the online survey at the Chicago Central Referral System will tell us whether you are eligible for Scattered-Site Housing. However, housing is not guaranteed at Chicago House by submitting this survey.
How much does it cost?
Tenants pay either 10% of annual gross income, or 30% of monthly adjusted gross income (whichever is higher) as rent.
Where is the housing located?
Chicago House offers scattered-site housing in apartment units throughout the city of Chicago.