About East Chicago Housing Authority

The East Chicago Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in East Chicago, Indiana.

The East Chicago Housing Authority serves East Chicago.

East Chicago Housing Authority Waiting Lists

East Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.

Last Updated on 04/05/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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.

Last Updated on 03/11/2016.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List: Closed

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.

Last Updated on 03/11/2016.


About the East Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the East Chicago Housing Authority manages 696 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 524 73 99
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $505 $594 $1,260
Monthly Cost $264,506 $43,396 $124,760

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for East Chicago 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 22% having issued approximately 26 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $11,149 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 50% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% 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.

60% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 60% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 79% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the East Chicago Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 22% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

14% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 East Chicago Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $288 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $555. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $119.



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.


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