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.
|East Chicago, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
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.
How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting ListThe East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.
Last Updated on 03/11/2016.
More information about East Chicago Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.echa-in.org/.
As of 01/19/2020, 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, East Chicago Housing Authority manages 820 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:
|Standard||Tenant Protection||Ported Out|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$526||$544||$1,209|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.