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.


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 groundskeeper.

If interested, please apply in person at the BHA during normal business hours, submit a resume to Mr. Mike Bolton  at mbolton@blha.net, or apply through Indiana Career Connect here.


An employee occupying a position in this class must be able to take instruction, follow through with all work assignments. This person must be able to learn and perform assigned maintenance work with daily supervision, assistance, and training. This person will be required to perform any duties that might reasonably be assigned to this position. 


  • Perform grounds keeping and building maintenance duties.
  • Landscape by planting flowers, grass, shrubs, and bushes.
  • Maintain walkways, parking lots, and common areas free of debris.
  • Rake, mulch, and prune the grounds as needed.
  • Maintains the grounds free of litter including dumpster areas and public trash cans.
  • Plant seeds, bulbs, foliage, flowering plants, grass, ground covers, trees, and shrubs, and apply mulch for protection, using gardening tools
  • Seed Lawns and haul or spread topsoil, and spread straw over seeded soil to hold soil in place
  • Enforce the BHA yard policy, tag tenants for violations and dispose of illegal items.
  • Prune and trim trees, shrubs, and hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws
  • Trim and pick flowers, and clean flower beds and common areas of weeds.
  • Water lawns, trees, and plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.
  • Use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge and brush trimmers, and axes.
  • Help perform rehabilitation of apartments such as but not limited to: trash and furniture removal and disposal, cleaning appliances, tubs, sinks, windows, walls, and mopping and waxing floors and any other work reasonably assigned to make unit habitable.
  • Take instruction from Maintenance Mechanics I, Maintenance Mechanics II, or Maintenance Mechanics III.
  • Any other duties reasonably assigned to someone of this position by the Property Manager or their designee.





The requirements listed below are representative of the degree, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

  • Must be in good physical condition and willing to do heavy lifting.
  • Must have some knowledge in carpentry repair, residential plumbing, and electrical work.
  • Must be able to work a 35 hour work week.
  • Must work during any seasonal crisis
  • 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.



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.


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.


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.


Four Years


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)


$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



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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