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

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

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The East Chicago Housing Authority closed at 10:05 AM on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 after accepting 600 pre-applications for their Section 8 Waiting list.  Due to a limited number of available vouchers, the housing authority chose to only accept the first 600 pre applications.

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
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The East Chicago Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

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


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Public Housing Size

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Section 8 Size


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