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Elkhart Housing Authority

Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana 46516

Elkhart Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 19th, 2020, Elkhart Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Elkhart Housing Authority serves Elkhart.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Closed

Open Elkhart 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.

Elkhart Housing Authority Website:

Elkhart Housing Authority Phone: (574) 295-8392.

Open Until Further Notice: Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Elkhart Indiana Housing Authority opens its Section 8 waiting list one day a month and uses a lottery type system.  They hand out tickets on the first business day of each month.  Fifty ticket numbers will be randomly selected and posted by the end of that day.  If a ticket holder was selected, they may pick up an application on the second business day.

To get more details on the process, see the Section 8 waiting list lottery flyer provided by the housing authority.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 5742958392.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/20/2018.

Other Elkhart Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Elkhart Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers six communities with 666 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing please download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the housing authority, located at 1396 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516, during normal office hours.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Elkhart County, enrolled in a job training program, victim of domestic violence, near elderly elderly, disabled, or living in substandard conditions.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 574-295-8392, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

About Elkhart Housing Authority

More information about Elkhart Housing Authority can be found on its website at

Representatives of Elkhart Housing Authority may be available by phone at (574) 295-8392. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/19/2020, it is not known if Elkhart 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 Elkhart Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Elkhart Housing Authority manages 699 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 Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 682 8 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $526 $381 $1,082
Monthly Cost $359,029 $3,051 $9,741

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Elkhart 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 8% having issued approximately 87 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $11,790 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 63% 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, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

66% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 64% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

67% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 62% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Elkhart Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Elkhart Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $313 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $602. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $160.

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 Elkhart Housing Authority

Rosedale Hi - Rise

501 W Indiana Ave
Elkhart, Indiana
Call For Rent
1 BR
Family & Senior

Waterfall Hi - Rise

303 Waterfall Dr
Elkhart, Indiana
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Riverside Terrace

181 N Elkhart Ave
Elkhart, Indiana

Washington Gardens

326 W Indiana Ave
Elkhart, Indiana
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Scattered Sites

1301 Moffat Ln
Elkhart, Indiana