July 27, 2021

Housing Voucher Lottery Opens For First Time In Years

Housing Voucher Lottery Opens For First Time In Years

The Indianapolis Housing Agency, IHA, has opened its voucher choice program for the first time since 2016.  

The window to apply for housing vouchers opened Monday and will close Wednesday just before midnight. The vouchers allow people to choose the place they want to live. In Marion County, the IHA facilitates the program that pays the rent for low-income residents.

IHA Executive Director John Hall said opening the wait list this week has been both exciting and disappointing. "The demand outweighs the budget authority to supply everyone with rental assistance."  

There are an anticipated 50,000 applications that will be submitted. A random lottery will select 7,500 households to join the waitlist.

But because the need exceeds the number of vouchers available, people can wait years to get on the list.  A recent report indicates that residents may then wait an average of 50 months for a voucher.

READ MORE: Indianapolis Residents Could Wait Years For Housing Voucher

Eligibility requirements include gross income limits for households with only one application per family. 

The application process is now online in English and Spanish.

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