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Bloomington Housing Authority

1007 N Summitt Street
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana 47404

Bloomington Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of June 16th, 2021, Bloomington Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Bloomington Housing Authority serves Monroe County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Monroe County, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Reverend ED Butler & Walnut Woods Apartments RAD - Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
2 and 3-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
1-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Bloomington Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Bloomington Housing Authority Website: http://www.bhaindiana.net/.

Bloomington Housing Authority Phone: (812) 339-3491.

COVID-19 Update: As of June 2, the Bloomington Housing Authority website says:

"The BHA Main Office (1007 N Summit Street) is open to the public by appointment only until further notice.

For the latest updates, including policy and procedural changes, please click here.  For a list of HUD waivers that have been adopted by BHA as a result of COVID-19, please click here.

BHA will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as necessary."

Open Soon: Monroe County, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted from June 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the paper application here. The form can be filled out on the computer before printing.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Transfer: BHA will offer a RAD Transfer preference to Public Housing residents residing in a community affected by RAD conversion who need permanent relocation. Additionally, eligible families must be referred to BHA by Public Housing Property Management. Applicants meeting these criteria will receive four (4) preference points
  • Monroe County Residency: Applicants who reside in Monroe County will receive four (4) preference points
  • Resident of Neighboring County: Applicants residing in the surrounding counties of Owen, Greene, Lawrence, Brown, and Morgan will receive three (3) preference points
  • Victims of Domestic Violence: BHA will offer a Domestic Violence preference to families or individuals that have been subjected to or victimized by a member of the family or household within the past six (6) months. BHA will require evidence that the family has been displaced as a result of fleeing violence in the home. Families are also eligible for this preference if there is proof that the family is currently living in a situation where they are being subjected to or victimized by violence in the home. Applicants meeting these criteria will receive two (2) preference points.
  • Working: Applicants working thirty-five (35) hours or more per week at the existing Federal Minimum Wage will receive two (2) preference points.
    • Applicants working twenty (20) to thirty-four (34) hours per week at the existing Federal Minimum Wage will receive one (1) preference point
  • Veteran: Applicants who are a current member of the U.S. Military Armed Forces, a veteran of the U.S. Military Armed Forces or surviving spouses of a veteran will receive one (1) preference point
  • Disability: A family which has a disabled individual in the household will receive one (1) preference point. Proof of disability will be required in order to receive the preference point. Because the BHA gives preference point(s) for working families, the BHA must also give the benefit of that preference to elderly or disabled applicant families that meet the following guidelines: -
    • Applicant families whose head and spouse, or sole member, are elderly or disabled will receive two (2) additional preference points because the BHA gives preference point(s) for working families.
  • Homeless: This preference is available for families that qualify as homeless under HUD’s definition of homeless. In order to qualify for the homeless priority, applicants must be a resident of Monroe County or the surrounding counties of Owen, Greene, Lawrence, Brown, and Morgan. The BHA also will require a “Verification of Homelessness” form to be completed by a public shelter, social service agency or police department official. Applicants that qualify for the homeless preference will receive one (1) preference point.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA public notice on June 2, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Monroe County, Indiana.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (812) 339-3491 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/02/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Reverend ED Butler & Walnut Woods Apartments RAD - Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) RAD - Project Based Voucher waiting list for 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Reverend ED Butler & Walnut Woods Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 30, 2020, until further notice.

  • Reverend ED Butler Apartments (formerly public housing) is located on Bloomington’s west side in the 1200 & 1300 block of 11th and 12th St.
  • Walnut Woods (formerly public housing) is located on Bloomington’s south side in the 800 block of E. Miller Dr. & 1700 block of South Park Ave.

To apply during the opening time, complete the online application here.

Once the online application has been completed, applicants must either:

  1. Visit this BHA page, scroll down, and select the "BLOOMINGTON RAD I- STEP 2" button.
  2. Pick up "Step 2" of the application at the entrance of the BHA office, located at 1007 N. Summit Street, Bloomington, IN 47404.

The completed "Step 2" documents can be either emailed online to jmartlage@blha.net, or printed and mailed to 1007 N. Summit Street, Bloomington, IN 47404.

The maximum income limits per each household size are as follows:

  • 1 $25,850
  • 2 $29,550
  • 3 $33,250
  • 4 $36,900
  • 5 $39,900
  • 6 $42,850

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA public notice, as of April 2, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Monroe County, Indiana.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (812) 339-3491 during normal business hours.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 05/18/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: 2 and 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) Public Housing waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here. Once the online application has been completed, applicants must either:

  1. Visit this BHA page, scroll down, and select the "PUBLIC HOUSING APPLICATION: PART 2" button.
  2. Pick up "Step 2" of the application at the entrance of the BHA office, located at 1007 N. Summit Street, Bloomington, IN 47404.

The completed "Step 2" documents can be either emailed online to jmartlage@blha.net, or printed and mailed to 1007 N. Summit Street, Bloomington, IN 47404.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Live in Monroe County, Indiana
  • Live in the surrounding counties of Owen, Greene, Lawrence, Brown or Morgan
  • Current member of the U.S. Military Armed Forces, a veteran of the U.S. Military Armed Forces or a surviving spouse of a veteran
  • Household include a disabled individual
  • Work 35 hours or more per week or the head and spouse, or sole member, are elderly (62 years of age or older) or disabled
  • Work 20-34 hours per week
  • Resident of Monroe or a surrounding county whose primary nighttime dwelling is one of the following: a supervised public or private shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (includes welfare hotels, congregate shelters and transitional housing) or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping place for human beings

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Bloomington Housing Authority, as of March 30, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Monroe County, Indiana. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (855) 868-6739.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/18/2021.

Other Bloomington Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: 1-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) Public Housing waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on May 18, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete an online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Live in Monroe County, Indiana
  • Live in the surrounding counties of Owen, Greene, Lawrence, Brown or Morgan
  • Current member of the U.S. Military Armed Forces, a veteran of the U.S. Military Armed Forces or a surviving spouse of a veteran
  • Household include a disabled individual
  • Work 35 hours or more per week or the head and spouse, or sole member, are elderly (62 years of age or older) or disabled
  • Work 20-34 hours per week
  • Resident of Monroe or a surrounding county whose primary nighttime dwelling is one of the following: a supervised public or private shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (includes welfare hotels, congregate shelters and transitional housing) or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping place for human beings

It was not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Bloomington Housing Authority on May 18, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Monroe County, Indiana. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 05/18/2021.

Closed: 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) Public Housing waiting list for 4 and 5-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Bloomington Housing Authority, as of June 30, 2020.

Last Updated on 06/30/2020.

About Bloomington Housing Authority

More information about Bloomington Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.bhaindiana.net/.

Representatives of Bloomington Housing Authority may be available by phone at (812) 339-3491. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/16/2021, it is not known if Bloomington Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Bloomington Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bloomington Housing Authority manages 1,301 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,209 10 15 67
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $560 $390 $948 $407
Monthly Cost $677,251 $3,895 $14,225 $27,247

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bloomington Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 7% having issued approximately 187 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,931 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 66% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

40% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

20% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 17% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bloomington Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Bloomington Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $286 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $603. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $115.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Bloomington Housing Authority

Crestmont

1006 N Summitt St
Bloomington, Indiana

Walnut Woods

818 E Miller Dr
Bloomington, Indiana