Indianapolis Housing Agency

2016 Section 8 Lottery

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If you were drawn in our 2016 Sesction 8 Lottery, you must keep your information up-to-date for when we need to notify you for any reason. Please visit our Applicant Portal by clicking on the following link: You will either need to log in with your credentials or set up an account if you have not already done so.

If you experience any problems or have any questions in regards to creating your account, please email your Full Name, Email, Last 4 of SSN, Date of Birth, and Street Address to asking for assistance.

If you have questions about the Lottery process itself, please contact our Section 8 Call Center at 317-261-7201, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

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Section 8

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Federal Government's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program provides qualified residents with assistance paying for quality housing. As a voucher holder, you will have the ability to choose between participating affordable housing options in the private rental market. As long as your housing choice meets reasonable rent requirements determined by the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA), you will pay no more than 30 percent of your monthly adjusted income toward rent and utilities. The housing assistance payment subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner, giving you the opportunity improve your living situation and join a supportive community.

How to Apply for the Housing Choice Voucher

The Housing Choice Voucher application process is completely online this year. For more information and to better understand the selection process, please watch the video above. When you are ready to apply and the lottery is open, an application button will appear. Simply click the application button to be directed to the application page. If you are unable to apply online due to a disability, please call 1‑866‑411‑1897.

How to Use Your Voucher

Once the application for the waiting list closes on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM, a computer system will begin to randomly select 10,000 applicants to be placed on the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. Selected applicants must go through a process to determine eligibility. As an eligible participant in the HCV Program, you will be able to use your voucher to obtain quality, affordable housing in Indianapolis. As long as your housing choice meets reasonable rent requirements determined by IHA, you will pay no more than 30 percent of your monthly adjusted income toward rent and utilities.

How to Find a Section 8 Property

You can search for participating properies at

Frequently Asked Questions

Open Application Times

The Indianapolis Housing Agency will open the waiting list and accept applications via its online web application from Monday, September 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM (noon) through Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

Application Process

Filling out the online application enters your household into the Housing Choice Voucher lottery. Submitting an application does not mean you will receive a voucher. In order to receive a voucher, your application must be drawn in the lottery and you must go through eligibility screening.

After the list closes, a computer system will begin to randomly select 10,000 applicants to be placed on the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. If chosen, you will be notified and have the ability to monitor your application status online. After being selected for the waiting list, you will receive a voucher pending successful completion of an eligibility screening.

Section 8 vs. Public Housing

Public Housing communities are owned and operated by the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) and Public Housing tenants rent directly from IHA. As a section 8 tenant, however, you will rent from private property owners and applicable rental assistance is provided by IHA through its HCV program. The rental properties may be apartments, townhomes, detached single-family homes, duplexes or even mobile homes.

Section 8 Program participants are issued vouchers guaranteeing the property owner that Section 8 will pay a certain portion of the tenant's rent. The amount paid will differ from tenant to tenant depending on family size and income. The program participant and owner execute a lease, just as the property owner would do with any other renterwho does not receive assistance. However, Section 8 also executes a contract with the owner specifying the amount Section 8 will pay toward the rent.

Section 8 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. These figures are based on the median family income for Marion County as designated by HUD. Your portion of the rent cannot exceed 40 percent of your family's adjusted monthly income during the initial year under lease.

Criminal History checks are conducted on all applicants and household members 18 years or older. The HUD One Strike policy prohibits admissions of applicants for three years if any household member was evicted from federally assisted housing for drug related criminal activity. The three-year period begins on the date of eviction. In addition 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. Section 8 does not check applicants' rental histories but strongly encourages property owners to do so. A property owner may refuse an applicant based on his/her past history as a renter (including credit checks and reports of property damage or disruptive behavior), just as with any other rental applicant.

Marion County Household Composition and Income Limits
1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People 7 People 8 People
$ 23,350 $ 26,700 $ 30,050 $ 33,350 $ 36,050 $ 38,750 $ 41,400 $ 44,050

Finding a Place to Rent

If chosen as a new Section 8 participant, you must attend a briefing at IHA in order to receive your voucher. You will receive written notification by mail of your assigned briefing date and time.

You can also visit or call Toll Free: 1‑866‑466‑7328. The website lists affordable rentals, Section 8 rentals, tax credit properties and special needs housing. You are also encouraged to use other means of seeking housing throughout Marion County. Checking newspaper ads is one example; many apartment complexes include "Section 8 Welcome" in the wording of their ads.

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