Gary Housing Authority
578 Broadway
Gary, Lake County, IN


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Gary Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 26th, 2016.

Please note: The Gary Housing Authority covers Gary, Merrillville, and the community of Miller Beach, IN.

The Gary Housing Authority (GHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open or when it will reopen. 

For more information, visit the GHA website, or call the office at (219) 881-6414 during normal office hours.

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 : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Gary Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 5th, 2016.

The Gary Housing Authority (GHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

The GHA offers eight communities for families and senior/disabled households.

There are two ways to apply

  1. Visit the GHA office, located at 578 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Gary, IN 46402.
  2. Visit any Public Housing Management Office. Contact the GHA for Public Housing Management Office contact information.
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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 GHA website, or call the office at (219) 881-6414.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Gary Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 18 projects which contain 1,969 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,701 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Gary Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Gary Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (54%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (46%) to that of all housing authorities in Indiana, Gary 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 (, 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, Gary Housing Authority scored an average of 49 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 93 in 2009 and a low score of 0 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Indiana is 75.98.

Gary Housing Authority has an average score that is less 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 (, 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 Gary Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/21/12 Plan
2011 2/10/11 Plan
2009 11/1/09 Plan
2008 4/24/08 Plan
2007 10/3/07 Plan
2006 8/10/06 Plan
2003 4/3/01 Plan
2002 11/7/02 Plan
2001 4/3/01 Plan
2000 5/3/00 Plan