About Gary Housing Authority

The Gary Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Gary, Indiana.

The Gary Housing Authority serves Gary and Merrillville.

The Gary Housing Authority also serves the community of Miller Beach.

Gary Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Gary Housing Authority (GHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

The GHA offers eight Public Housing communities.

There are two ways to apply

  1. Visit the GHA office, located at 578 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Gary, IN 46402.
  2. Visit any Public Housing Management Office. Contact the GHA for Public Housing Management Office locations.

For more information, visit the GHA website, or call the office at (219) 881-6414.

Last Updated on 05/19/2017.

Gary, IndianaHousing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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, or call the office at (219) 881-6414.

Last Updated on 05/28/2017.

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


About the Gary Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Gary Housing Authority manages 1,742 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers1,4302523129
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$588$486$806$572
Monthly Cost$840,994$122,505$24,986$16,584

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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578 Broadway
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