East Chicago Housing Authority

4920 Larkspur Street
East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana 46312

East Chicago Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in East Chicago, Indiana 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

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. It was last open for one day in October 2017; and before that for one day in March 2016, and for one day in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

East Chicago, IN is about 20 miles southeast of Chicago, IL.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. The application was available online only. In 2017, the waiting list closed less than 20 minutes after opening.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Terminated from HCV program due to insufficient funding; live, work 30+ hours, or hired to work in East Chicago; live, work 30+ hours, or hired to work in Lake County; veteran; disabled; employed 20+ hours per week; involuntarily displaced.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the ECHA website, or call the office at (219) 397-9974.

Last Updated on 10/12/2017.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

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 East Chicago Housing Authority

More information about East Chicago Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.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 10/24/2019, 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 most recent VMS report, East Chicago Housing Authority manages 811 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 627 69 115
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $516 $544 $1,007
Monthly Cost $323,407 $37,530 $115,759

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 Operated by East Chicago Housing Authority

Scattered Sites

1301 E Columbus Dr
East Chicago, IN

James Hunter

3625 Pulaski St
East Chicago, IN

John B Nicosia

4720 Railroad Ave
East Chicago, IN

West Calumet Complex

4700 Larkspur St
East Chicago, IN
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