With new mayoral and Chicago Housing Authority leadership, CHA will fulfill its commitments of revitalizing communities under the Plan for Transformation with its new strategic plan.  The new strategy – Plan Forward: Communities That Work expands on the foundation laid by the Plan for Transformation, the largest redevelopment/rehabilitation of public housing in the history of the United States that has guided CHA’s work since 2000. Plan Forward is based on a renewed focus on both place and people, an understanding of what works and what does not, a sophisticated sense of the economy and fiscal constraints, and a new role for CHA as a full partner in the City’s efforts to secure Chicago’s place as a truly global destination with a vital, growing economy.

In partnership with the City of Chicago, the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Plan Forward was developed following months of 32 stakeholder input sessions with more than 300 people representing over 160 organizations. Additionally, four regional CHA resident input sessions involved more than 800 residents; and, an additional 312 registered users participated in the “Ideascale forum” online portal.

The three key goals of Plan Forward:

  • Reimagine the final phase of the Plan for Transformation, coordinating public and private investments to develop vibrant, complete communities.
  • Ensure that CHA’s housing portfolio is safe, decent and sustainable.
  • Expand services to more residents, targeted to their needs, and at critical milestones in their lives.