Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Participants


If you are a participant in the voucher program, please notify your voucher caseworker ASAP of any income updates

Documents verifying household changes can be placed in our drop box until a change form can be completed



The Michigan City Housing Authority does not give out waiting list numbers. Once your preliminary application has been accepted, you will receive a letter. 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.


Due to the housing authority being closed to the public at this time, Applicants selected from the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List must view the Briefing Video once notified to do so by the housing manager. Instructions will then be provided on how to complete the Briefing Questionnaire via an email address.

  1. Landlord must agree to participate in the Section 8 Program.
  2. Unit selected must meet HUD and Housing Authority quality standards.
  3. Landlord may use their own leases.
  4. 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

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