about the

Bloomington Housing Authority

The BHA was established in 1961 and the first development of affordable housing units was completed in 1968. Currently, the BHA employs a staff of 30 employees and provides housing assistance to over 2,500 Monroe County households each year. The BHA operates three affordable housing communities and provides more than 1,300 Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as Section 8, that allow income eligible families to rent in the private market. Along with housing assistance, the BHA maintains active service coordination programs including the Family Self-Sufficiency Program and Step Up Program.

Careers

The BHA advertises and manages employment applications through Indiana Career Connect and Indeed.com. Clicking on the open positions below will automatically take interested applicants to the Indiana Career Connect website for further information.

Open Positions

Hiring Full-Time Office Coordinator

This position requires a self motivated, highly organized individual who communicates well with people of all backgrounds and personalities and who possess the ability to work well in a face paced environment. The person in this position must be able to diffuse a potentially unpleasant or volatile situation. Additionally, this person must have the ability to work individually or in a group and be comfortable giving and taking direction.  Previous experience

Office Coordinator Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Open and unlock lobby door and retrieve items from the drop box.
  • Greet the public and issue introductory forms and ensure forms are properly completed.
  • Answer client questions, or direct questions to the appropriate personnel.
  • Operate telephone console, answer or direct calls to appropriate personnel, maintain an appropriate log.
  • Stamp and disperse incoming mail and paperwork to appropriate personnel.
  • Receive rents and enter into accounts receivable.
  • Send letters to residents to collect past due Maintenance charges.
  • Take, track and send letters when payments agreements are late for both Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing
  • Notify appropriate staff when necessary for maintenance emergencies.
  • Issue and file parking permits for low rent housing residents.
  • Assist in obtaining Landlord signatures for leases.
  • Prepare and fax/mail any necessary forms as needed.
  • Assist in maintaining and updating policies, procedures, and forms as necessary for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • Prepare documents as requested for the Property Managers and HCV Program Manager.
  • Assist applicants, residents, landlords/managers, or agencies when necessary. including legal services and agencies that provide economic assistance.
  • Inform Property Manager/ HCV Program Manager of any relevant information, problems, or questions.
  • Assist in maintaining and updating information regarding local social services. When possible it should include addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Schedule and record appointments for staff and use of the “community” room.
  • Maintain office machines such as copiers and Shredder. Call vendors when service needed.
  • Develop briefing packets for both Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program; schedule applicants for briefing dates.
  • Ensure HCV client filing is completed regularly and in a timely manner.
  • Print HCV annual inspection books as needed.
  • Process HCV client rent increases.
  • Perform other reasonable duties as requested.
  • Maintain and monitor inventory in supply closet on first floor.

Qualifications:

  • Must possess High School Diploma or equivalent combination of experience and training which provides required skills and knowledge. Experience in HUD programs highly desired.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in Word, Excel, and Accounts Receivable, clerical.
  • Must have computer proficiency, typing skills (60 wpm) and writing skills.
  • Must be able to discuss all programs administered by the BHA with prospective clients, agencies, and interested community members.
  • Must possess an Indiana driver’s license and have reliable transportation.
  • Must have phone and be accessible.
  • Must have no prior felony convictions.
  • Must be bondable.
  • Must pass a drug test prior to employment and during employment.
  • We are a smoke free environment.

To apply for this position please submit cover letter and resume to Mr. Daniel Harmon via email at dharmon@blha.net. Applicants may also apply by mail or in person to the address listed below.

Bloomington Housing Authority

Attn: Mr. Daniel Harmon

1007 N. Summitt Street

Bloomington, IN 47404

Application deadline: April 14, 2017.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Hiring Policies

BHA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination. To the greatest extent possible, it is the policy of the BHA to give preference in employment to Section 3 eligible individuals.

Section 3 Eligibility

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 that helps low-income residents gain the skills and jobs needed to become self-sufficient. The program also provides opportunities for qualified, low-income business owners to receive preference in bidding on HUD-funded contracts.

The purpose of Section 3 to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State and local laws and regulations, be directed to low- and very low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

If you live in BHA-assisted housing OR if your household income falls below HUD’s household income guidelines, you may qualify as a Section 3 Resident.

Board Information and Meetings

Board of Commissioners

Commissioners serve as the governing officers of a public-corporate entity, one that functions as a developer and landlord of local low-income housing programs. Among their principal responsibilities are:

  • Providing leadership and advocating for public housing;
  • Setting policies governing the operations of the public housing authority and charting the direction of current and future programs;
  • Ensuring, through independent reviews and audits that the Bloomington Housing Authority operates within the law and according to HUD regulations, taking into consideration the economy and efficiency of operations;
  • Hiring a qualified Executive Director to manage the day to day operations;
  • Obtaining and managing monies to support the authority;
  • Adopting operating budgets; and
  • Establishing policies to prevent fraud, abuse, mismanagement and discrimination and to ensure that the BHA acts legally and with integrity in its daily operations.

Meetings

All regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. in the Bloomington Housing Authority’s Community Room at 1007 N. Summitt St. Bloomington, IN 47404. For cancellations or changes, please refer to Public Notices in the Herald Times the Monday prior to a scheduled meeting.

Duties

To provide decent, safe and sanitary housing to low-income families. Director of the Housing Authority reports to this Board with budgets, employee issues and modernization programs.

Term

Four Years

Qualifications

Appointees may not be an officer or employee of the City; must be a resident of the area serviced (City + 5 miles); no more than four* members may be of the same political party.

(* changed to four in 2001)

Compensation

$25 per meeting.

Current Commissioners

Appointee Appointed by: Expiration Date:
Patrick Murray, Chairman The Mayor 1/31/19
William Hosea, Vice Chairman The Mayor 1/31/21
Kevin Cade (D) The Mayor 1/31/19
Terri Porter The Mayor 1/31/20
Sherry Clay The Mayor 1/31/20
Lindsey A. Smith (I) The Mayor 1/31/18
Marilyn Skirvin The Mayor 1/31/21

 

FAQs

General Questions

How can I receive immediate housing?

The Bloomington Housing Authority does not provide immediate emergency housing. Call the Indiana 2-1-1 hotline or view the City’s Resource Directory to learn about emergency shelter options in the greater Bloomington community.

How can I get housing?

When a waitlist is open, interested applicant may apply. To check the status of program waitlists, click here.

How can residents access services that help families?

Residents can learn more about services and programs available by visiting the Resident Services webpage or by contacting the Step Up program coordinator, Tara Todd, at 812-339-3491 x 115 or ttodd@blha.net.

For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

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