Help for Families

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is a win-win for both economically disadvantaged renters and property owners.  It provides rental assistance to eligible families and guarantees monthly payments to owners.

When a family is eligible for HCVP assistance and funding is available, NWICA issues the family a housing voucher.  The family can look for a house or apartment anywhere in NWICA’s Service Area* - as long as the home meets program requirements. 

Often,the family can use the voucher in their current residence, as long as the landlord will participate in the Program. Unlike Public Housing, the HCVP allows families to select a unit of their choice in the private rental market.

Because one of the main goals of the HCVP is to help families become self-sufficient, HCVP participants can apply to NWICA’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.  The objective of the FSS program is to reduce or eliminate the need for public assistance.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides assistance to low income families with rent. Applicants are selected from the county waiting list for rental assistance according to the date of application. The program assists Applicants in securing decent, safe and affordable rental housing. The Participant selects a rental unit that meets their housing needs. The unit is inspected to determine that it meets Housing Quality Standards and costs. For more information, please contact 2-1-1.

*Northwest Indiana Community Action currently serves communites that are not served by Housing Authorities. This includes all communities in:

• Lake County except East Chicago, Gary and Hammond

• Porter, Jasper, Newton Starke, and Pulaski Counties

• LaPorte County except Michigan City

If you would like to learn more about these services and find out if you qualify, contact NWICA 2-1-1 or Information and Assistance at 1-800-826-7871.