Housing Choice Voucher Program

2020 Waiting List Lottery

Information and Instructions


The CHA plans to create a new waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program through the use of a lottery system.  The following guidelines will be followed in the acceptance of Preliminary Applications for the lottery system and ultimate creation of the waiting list. 


You may apply online from any location that has internet access including your smart phone by clicking on the code at the bottom of this page.  You do not have to come into the Chattanooga Housing Authority to apply.  You will need a Gmail account to access the application.  If you do not have a Gmail account you will be prompted to set one up…it is free.


The CHA will make available the online Preliminary Application on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 12:01 am EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.  The link to the online Preliminary Application will be available on the CHA’s website at www.chahousing.org.  PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING ONLINE APPLICATIONS. 

There will be computers and assistance available at the Chattanooga Housing Authority office located at 801 N Holtzclaw Avenue from 9:00 am EST to 7:00 pm EST on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  Also, below is a listing of a few of the many public facilities where computer access is available: 

  • Public Library @ the following locations:  (If you have a library card there is free computer access.  If you do not have a library card, there is a $1 fee for use of the computer) 

  1. Northgate Library, 278 Northgate Mall Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37415

           11:00 am EST – 8:00 pm EST

  1. South Chattanooga Library, 925 West 39th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37410

           9:00 am EST – 6:00 pm EST

  1. Downtown Library, 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

           9:00 am EST – 8:00 pm EST

  1. Eastgate Library, 5705 Marlin Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411

           11:00 am EST– 8:00 pm EST

  • The Chattanooga Housing Authority located at 801 N Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404; Thursday, January 15, 2020  9:00 am EST – 7:00 pm EST

  • East Lake Courts Community Center; Thursday, January 15, 2020 9:00 am EST – 7:00 pm EST


With this type of lottery system, the order of the application on the waiting list will be determined by random selection through 3rd party software so it does not matter who completes the application first.  Once sorting has been completed, the applicants who have randomly been assigned numbers 1 - 1,000 will be placed on the HCVP waiting list.  The remaining applications will be discarded.  Those who are not placed on the waiting list will need to re-apply to our waiting list once we begin accepting new applications again.  On Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST (noon) the CHA will post the 1,000 waiting list applicants in the order that they were randomly selected.  The listing will be posted using a unique identifier (the first and last initials and the last 4 digits of the social security number of the head of household) that you will be requested to give during the application process.  IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR UNIQUE IDENTIFIER WITH A WAITING LIST NUMBER POSTED ON THE WEBSITE ON January 23, 2020, THIS MEANS YOU WERE NOT SELECTED FOR OUR WAITING LIST.  Your application has been discarded and you will need to re-apply to our waiting list once we begin accepting new applications again.  Please make sure to note this information so you will have it when the waiting list is posted.  DO NOT CALL THE CHA TO REQUEST YOUR POSITION ON THE WAITING LIST AS THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY ON OUR WEBSITE ON January 23, 2020.     


Once you submit your application, put your google id, password, email address and unique waiting list identifier in a safe place so you will not lose it.  You will also need this to make any address changes as they must also be submitted online. 


Note:  Any changes in address after submission of preliminary application must be submitted in writing in our office located at 801 N Holtzclaw Avenue.  A photo id must be provided when address change is submitted.   


If at the time that your application is processed for a voucher invitation you have not updated your address, your waiting list application will be withdrawn.  Make sure to report your changed address as soon as you move to prevent your application from being withdrawn. 


Each applicant may submit only ONE Preliminary Application for the CHA’s lottery.  If the CHA receives more than one Preliminary Application for an applicant, then that applicant will be disqualified from participation in the lottery.


Please keep in mind that if you reside outside of Hamilton County, Tennessee at the time of waiting list application, you must use the voucher in Hamilton County, Tennessee for the first year before you can take it outside of our jurisdiction.  If you reside in Hamilton County, Tennessee at the time of waiting list application but move outside our jurisdiction, you can use that voucher outside our jurisdiction at the point of voucher issuance.



2020 CHA

Waiting List Application

(Open 1-15-20 only)