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It’s been 18 months since the Chicago Housing Authority closed its wait list for coveted housing choice vouchers, which pay all or part of the rent for poor people to live in homes leased by private landlords.

But since then, the agency has added 1,035 households to the list — and handed them vouchers — ahead of about 45,000 households already on the list, many of who have been waiting several years, according to CHA records.

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