Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Participants
PLEASE NOTE: SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV) APPLICATIONS
The Michigan City Housing Authority (MCHA) will re-open the Section 8 waiting list on February 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and will be accepting only 379 applications. Applicants will be considered by local preference first, which means you must live in Michigan City to receive assistance. Families may apply by selecting the Online Application and Waitlists button below. Please read the Sec 8 Pre-application Guide before you begin.
The Michigan City Housing Authority will no longer give out waiting list numbers. Once your preliminary application has been accepted, you will receive a letter that will contain your number on the waiting list and your estimated wait time for assistance. If you do not receive a letter, it may have been sent to an incorrect address and was returned by the post office. If your letter is returned, you will be removed from the waiting list. Changes to your application can be made by completing and submitting an Applicant Change of Information Form.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly referred to as "Section 8", allows low-income families the freedom to choose quality housing while maintaining rent payments they can afford. Qualified applicants and participants select units owned by private landlords. These units must qualify under Housing Quality Standards and Rent Reasonable Certification. The client's rent portion is based on 30% of their gross adjusted monthly income. If the rent and utility allowances do not exceed the payment standard, MCHA will issue the balance of the rent directly to the landlord. Upon initial lease renewal, the client's rental portion cannot exceed 40% of their current gross adjusted monthly income.
Private Housing Sector - 371 Vouchers: Rental Assistance to qualified individuals, families, elderly, and disabled persons.
- Landlord must agree to participate in the Section 8 Program.
- Unit selected must meet HUD and Housing Authority quality standards.
- Landlord may use their own leases.
- Yearly inspection is performed.
Income: Very low
Rent: 30% of Adjusted Gross Income/Total Tenant Payment/Also based on payment standard
Security Deposit: Landlord's option, not to exceed one month's rent; tenant required to pay
Estimated wait time: 1 to 6 years
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, gender, and disability. The Fair Housing Act ensures that all persons receive equal housing opportunity. For more information about the Fair Housing Act and your rights, visit hud.gov.