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East Chicago Housing Authority

4920 Larkspur Street
East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana 46312

East Chicago Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

East Chicago Housing Authority serves East Chicago.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
East Chicago, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other East Chicago Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

East Chicago Housing Authority Website: http://echa-in.org/.

East Chicago Housing Authority Phone: (219) 397-9974.

Closed: East Chicago, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for one day on July 1, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application from the ECHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

The waiting list closed after 200 applications were received. An ECHA representative said that it took about an hour to accept all 200 applications.

For more information, visit the ECHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the East Chicago Housing Authority. as of July 2, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in East Chicago, Indiana.

Last Updated on 09/29/2020.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedrooms apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 6, 2020, until August 7, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the ECHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the ECHA public notice, as of August 6, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 08/07/2020.

About East Chicago Housing Authority

More information about East Chicago Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://echa-in.org/.

Representatives of East Chicago Housing Authority may be available by phone at (219) 397-9974. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/20/2020, it is not known if East Chicago 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 East Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, East Chicago Housing Authority manages 822 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, 2019:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 664 65 93
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $516 $512 $964
Monthly Cost $342,688 $33,258 $89,642

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by East Chicago Housing Authority

Scattered Sites

1301 E Columbus Dr
East Chicago, Indiana

James Hunter

3625 Pulaski St
East Chicago, Indiana

John B Nicosia

4720 Railroad Ave
East Chicago, Indiana

West Calumet Complex

4700 Larkspur St
East Chicago, Indiana