We believe that fair housing is a human rights issue. Strata supports fair and affordable housing in Chicago. It is our mission to provide excellent affordable housing options in thriving, desirable neighborhoods.
Affordable housing and the social justice issues that surround it has a long history in Chicago. Strata partners with the Chicago Housing Authority to offer rental units to tenants participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This program helps families to find and pay for affordable housing in the buildings and neighborhoods that best suit their needs. In contrast to outdated models of affordable housing that concentrated tenants in large, isolated housing projects, this program allows tenants to live near their jobs, schools, and public spaces and amenities that are so important to a family's prosperity and happiness. The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps qualifying tenants locate a desired private-market unit and then provides a portion of the monthly rental payment.
More than a market
Affordable housing is more than a market: it’s a cause and an ethos that helps families live and work in the neighborhoods they call home. Affordable Housing laws and practices safeguard against the pressures of gentrification that oftentimes force families with deep roots in their communities out of their neighborhoods.
Strata Investments is a real estate investment and development firm specializing in acquiring, renovating, and managing affordable housing for Chicago residents.
Unlike many other real estate developers, Strata operates under an affordable housing model, meaning that we value and promote the mission of fair and equatable access to high quality housing for all.
Owned and operated by native Chicagoans, Strata values our city's history and diverse neighborhoods. We rigorously research the social and economic trends of each property we acquire to ensure that our tenants find homes in safe, stable, and prosperous areas with plentiful access to schools, transportation, and recreational and community services.
About Housing Choice Vouchers
Strata provides rental housing to tenants participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8). Founded in 1973, this federal program enabled individuals and families to secure stable, safe, high-quality housing that they would otherwise struggle to afford.
It works like this: a tenant is awarded a voucher by the Chicago Housing Authority. They then seek out any unit of their choice on the private market. When they find their desired unit, the tenant, the CHA, and the landlord formulate a contract determining a rental payment plan. Generally, voucher-holding tenants pay about %30 of the cost of rent and utilities, with the CHA paying the balance.
This is a win-win program for tenants and landlords (and Strata investors), as the tenant is able to secure a high-quality unit in a desirable neighborhood, and the landlord is guaranteed full rental payment for the duration of the lease by the CHA.