Gary Housing Authority

578 Broadway
Gary, Lake County, Indiana 46402

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

Gary Housing Authority serves Gary and Merrillville.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Gary, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Gary Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Gary, Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Gary Housing Authority (GHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in May, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in the GHA jurisdiction, elderly, disabled.

5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the GHA website.

Last Updated on 07/22/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Gary Housing Authority (GHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for various communities and bedroom sizes in July, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the GHA website.

Last Updated on 07/22/2019.

About Gary Housing Authority

More information about Gary Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://garyhousing.org/.

Representatives of Gary Housing Authority may be available by phone at (219) 881-6400. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/08/2019, it is not known if Gary 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 Gary Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Gary Housing Authority manages 1,710 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 VASH
Vouchers 1,444 207 27 32
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $584 $492 $842 $505
Monthly Cost $842,751 $101,807 $22,729 $16,151

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Gary 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 16% having issued approximately 109 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 77 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $11,667 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 67% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

58% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 92% of all households were headed by a female.

99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 97% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Gary Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

13% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 43% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Gary Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $315 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $651. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $163.



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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