East Chicago Housing Authority
4920 Larkspur Street
East Chicago, Lake County, IN

219-397-9974 http://www.echa-in.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the East Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

The East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in March 2016, and prior to that for one day only in July 2014.


East Chicago, IN is about 20 miles southeast of Chicago, IL.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application will be available online only.

The ECHA identified the following preferences: Local residents, rent burdened. An ECHA representative has confirmed that there are more preferences, which can be found on the ECHA website, but we were not able to locate this information. Please contact the ECHA for more information about the remaining preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the ECHA website, or call the office at (219) 397-9974.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the East Chicago Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update March 11th, 2016.

The East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.


Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update pre-application information.

For more information, visit the ECHA website, or call the office at (219) 397-9974.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The East Chicago Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 805 affordable rental units. It also administers 679 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, East Chicago Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of East Chicago Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (54%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (46%) to that of all housing authorities in Indiana, East Chicago Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Indiana.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, East Chicago Housing Authority scored an average of 85 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 72 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Indiana is 75.98.

East Chicago Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Indiana housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for East Chicago Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/16/11 Plan
2011 11/3/10 Plan
2010 4/15/10 Plan
2009 1/27/09 Plan
2008 10/26/07 Plan
2007 3/8/07 Plan
2006 5/31/06 Plan
2005 2/15/05 Plan
2004 12/10/04 Plan
2003 1/22/03 Plan
2002 12/19/02 Plan
2001 9/19/01 Plan
2000 3/23/00 Plan