The Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington, Indiana owns and operates 310 units of conventional public housing in three developments known as Crestmont, Reverend Butler and Walnut Woods Apartments. All three sites are a mix of single story and town house units, and efficiency through five bedrooms. Residents living in our affordable housing have a wide variety of services available to them. For information on each site click here
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The BHA uses income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low income limits at 50% of the median income for Monroe County. Your eligibility is based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the BHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants.
The BHA encourages working families to consider our affordable housing. The current maximum income limit for a family of four is $50,500 per year. The maximum rent for a family of four earning $50,500 per year (including utilities) would be $600 for a two bedroom unit.
How to Apply
You may print out applications on our website (under forms) for conventional public housing and drop them off at our office at 1007 N. Summitt Street, Bloomington, IN. We ask that you please read the Application Process (found on the left side of the screen) before bringing in your application in order to prepare you for all the documents you will need to bring with you. If you do not have everything with you for your application you may be turned away until you do. And if you prefer, you may come by our office and obtain a hard copy of the application and the application process as well. The BHA is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 8 to Noon.
The BHA intake officer takes and processes all new applications for both housing programs. This person also maintains both waiting lists and determines eligibility for all new applicants. The Bloomington Housing Authority is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access, including but not limited to, limited English proficiency, access to alternative communications such as sign-language interpretation and assistance with filling out application paperwork, will be provided upon request. Please contact the Intake Officer at (812) 339.3491 Ext. 133 for more information.
Once an application is filled out, applicants are placed on a wait list according to the date and time of their application, the size of the unit for which they qualify (Public Housing only) and any local preferences for which they may qualify. The wait list for one bedroom units in conventional public housing is up to one year. The wait list for two, three, four and five bedroom units is approximately six months. The wait list for applicants with current Section 8 applications is six months to one year, or longer.
There are six local preferences for which applicants can qualify. Local preferences are ONLY valid for the head of the household or the co-head of household. Dependents cannot qualify as a family for a local preference. Please remember that claiming a local preference does not automatically grant you a preference on the wait list. You must submit documentation for review. Once your preference has been approved, your application will be listed on the wait list with other applicants that have also claimed or qualified for a local preference. Also, a local preference does not mean you will be housed immediately.
In addition, preference documentation will again be reviewed at the time of your screening interview. Your name will be removed from the preference list if your preference documentation is not approved. Your application will then be placed on the non-preference list.
The preferences are as follows:
- Applicants who reside in Monroe County will receive two preference points
- Applicants residing in the surrounding counties of Owen, Greene, Lawrence, Brown, and Morgan will receive one preference point
- Applicants who are a current member of the U.S. Military Armed Forces, a veteran of the U.S. Military Armed Forces or surviving spouses of a veteran will receive one preference point
- Applicants who are elderly, disabled persons or families with a disabled member as defined in the Administrative Plan will receive one preference point; proof of disability will be required at time of selection
- Applicants working thirty-five hours or more per week at the existing Federal Minimum Wage will receive two preference points
- Applicants working twenty to thirty-four hours per week at the existing Federal Minimum Wage will receive one preference point
- Date and time of receipt of a completed application
Documentation You Will Need
You will need the following documents at the time of application:
1. Drivers License or State issued picture I.D. for the household members that are age 18 and over
2. Social Security /cards for ALL household members
3. Proof of birth (birth certificate) for ALL household members
We will also need residential address verification for the last five (5) years of all adult household members, regardless if they were on a lease or not.
Notification of Housing
If the BHA determines that you are eligible, your name will be put on a waiting list, unless we are able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the BHA will contact you. If it is determined that you are ineligible, the BHA must say why and, if you wish, you can request an informal hearing.
If you are offered a unit and accept it, you will have to sign a lease with the BHA. You may have to give a security deposit. The BHA will review your lease in detail with you at the time of execution. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and the BHA's responsibilities as a landlord.
A copy of the lease can be viewed under forms.
Your rent, which is referred to as the Total Tenant Payment (TTP), would be based on your family's anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow the BHA to exclude from annual income the following allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for any elderly family, or a person with a disability; and some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities. Based on your application, the BHA will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older.
The formula used in determining the TTP is the highest of the following, rounded to the nearest dollar:
(1) 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income. (Monthly Adjusted Income is annual income less deductions allowed by the regulations);
(2) 10 percent of monthly income;
(3) welfare rent, if applicable; or
(4) a $50 minimum rent
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