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

The East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


To apply in 2014, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only.

The ECHA closed the waiting list after 600 pre-applications were accepted.

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
SoonSoonNot Applicable

The East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) will be accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications on one day only, September 24, 2015 at 8:00 am CT, for families and senior/disabled households.


Please note: This opening is only for 3, 4 and 5-bedroom units.

To apply, visit the 151st Community Center, located at 4925 Gladiola St., East Chicago, IN 46312 once the waiting list opens. Phone calls or in person pre-application requests at the ECHA office will not be accepted.

If an applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application, they must mail a request to 4920 Larkspur St., East Chicago, IN 46312 before October 1, 2015 with name and address included. Requests received after October 1, 2015 will not be accepted.

Please note: The ECHA will close the waiting list once 100 pre-applications are distributed.

The ECHA states that only applicants wearing proper attire can apply. Please contact the ECHA office if further clarification is needed.

The following documentation of all members of the households is required: Driver's licence or State ID (copy or original document), birth certificate (original document), Social Security Card (original document).

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

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

East Chicago Housing Authority operates 798 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of East Chicago Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 47% 1 bedroom apartments, 19% 2 bedroom apartments, 19% 3 bedroom apartments, 8% 4 bedroom apartments and 6% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of East Chicago Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 740 out of a total 798 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 7.27%.

Family Type

Of the 626 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 40 (6.39%) were elderly, 586 (93.61%) were non-elderly, 175 (27.96%) were disabled, 339 (54.15%) contained children and 334 (53.35%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in East Chicago Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for East Chicago Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $213.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $256. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $204. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $409. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $124.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the East Chicago Housing Authority portfolio, 76% of households identified as Black, 24% identified as White, and 19% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in East Chicago Housing Authority properties, 603 were Extremely Low Income, 115 were Very Low Income, 18 were Low Income and 5 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in East Chicago Housing Authority properties is $9,466. Of all public housing residents, 16% have no income and 4% earn more than $25,000 while 80% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in East Chicago Housing Authority public housing 27% have wage income, 69% have welfare income, 47% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 17% have other income and 3% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 741 households containing 1,674 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 54.15% of households included children. Across all household members in East Chicago Housing Authority public houins units 19% are aged zero to five and 30% are aged 6 to 17.

9.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 41.4% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for East Chicago Housing Authority public housing communities. 25.78% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.96% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.26% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

East Chicago Housing Authority manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 50. The scores for properties managed by East Chicago Housing Authority range from a high of 64 to a low of 40.

The highest scoring property in the East Chicago Housing Authority portfolio is Scattered Sites and the lowest scoring property is John B Nicosia.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 25% of properties managed by East Chicago Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

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