Apply now for Indianapolis Housing Agency’s Section 8 lottery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in two years, the Indianapolis Housing Agency has opened the Section 8 waiting list.

Section 8, administered by the IHA, is a federal voucher program that currently helps low-income families in Marion County find safe and affordable housing in the private rental market.

Voucher holders pay no more than 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent and utilities. The Section 8 program subsidizes the rent balance to the property owner.

The agency is taking applications for housing choice vouchers through Thursday night. Spots on the list will be filled through a random lottery.

The last time the list opened, the Indianapolis Housing Agency received 47,000 applicants, and even more are expected this time due to the increase in demand for affordable housing and the ease of the online application process.

Space on the current waiting list will be limited to 10,000 new applicants, and not everyone that completes an application will make the list.

In order to apply, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You must fall into the “Very Low Income” or “Low Income” category as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At present, a family of four in Marion County can have a total in come of up to $32,550 – a year to be considered Very Low Income, or up to $52,000 considered Low Income.
  • Your criminal history is reviewed for violent or drug-related offenses or sexual offenses against minors, as determined by police reports obtained through IHA’s Public Safety Department. Persons convicted and subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender with the State will not be considered for assistance.

Click here to apply for the lottery.

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