Welcome to Public Housing

Currently, the Public Housing Waiting list is OPEN for new applicants.

Admissions Process

When a person or family wishes to reside in Public Housing operated by the Terre Haute Housing Authority, they must submit an application that provides the Housing Authority with the information needed to determine eligibility.
The application requires that the applicant provides copies of birth certificates and social security cards for each person in the household and Photo ID for all adult members. We also need any landlord references, or proof of any residence within the past five (5) years.

The Housing Authority will also conduct a thorough background/criminal check for all adult family members.

The Terre Haute Housing Authority uses a two-step application process. If, at first, the family is income-eligible and passes the reference checks, the family will be placed on the waiting list. The background check will not be conducted until the name reaches the top of that waiting list.

Sex offenders cannot live in Public Housing per U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

An application for admission to the Terre Haute Housing Authority can be picked up on-site at the location where the individual or family would like to live. You may apply for one or multiple properties.

Completed applications must be returned in person to the Housing Authority during normal business hours or by US mail.  Applications must be complete in order to be accepted by the Housing Authority for processing. If an application is incomplete, the Housing Authority will return the application to the family and it will not be accepted until it is completed.

The Housing Authority will place all eligible families that apply for public housing on a waiting list. When a unit becomes available, the Housing Authority will select families from the waiting list in accordance with HUD requirements and Housing Authority policies as stated in its Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy and the annual plan.

Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that the family is, in fact, eligible for admission. Applicants will be placed on the waiting list according to the Housing Authority preference(s) and the date and time their complete application is received by the Housing Authority.

The Housing Authority uses an accumulative or aggregate point system in which applicants have more than one preference and each preference given for:

Victims of Domestic Violence:  The Housing Authority will offer a Domestic Violence preference to families or individuals that have been subjected to or victimized by a member of the family or household within the past six (6) months. The Housing Authority will require evidence that the family has been displaced as a result of fleeing violence in the home. Families are also eligible for this preference if there is proof that the family is currently living in a situation where they are being subjected to or victimized by violence in the home.

Homelessness:  Applicants who lack a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence; AND have a primary nighttime residence that is supervised public or private shelter providing temporary accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters and transitional housing), or an institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not ordinarily used as a sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Disaster Victims Families who are being involuntarily displaced and required to vacate housing as a result of a disaster such as fire, flood, earthquake, etc., federal state or local government action related to code enforcement, public improvement or development, or an action by a housing owner which is beyond the applicant’s having met all previous conditions of occupancy and is other than a rent increase.

Local Residency Preference:  For families who live or work in Vigo Co.

You are ultimately responsible for keeping your address and telephone number updated with our office. To report changes, please contact our office at 812-232-1381 immediately.

If we try to contact you either by phone or by US Mail and you are unable to be reached, your application will be withdrawn. If this occurs, you must contact our office to see if your application can be reinstated or if you must reapply.

If you provide false or misleading information on your application, your application could be withdrawn. You have the option to appeal this decision. If you wish to appeal, you may stop by our office NO LATER THAN 14 DAYS of the DATE OF YOUR DENIAL LETTER to request an appeal. 

A printable Appeal Form is located on the left.

It may take two (2) to three (3) weeks until your appeal is heard by the appeal officer. 

At the time of the application process, you will sign a “Debts Owed” form. If you or a family member in the household owes the Terre Haute Housing Authority or any other Housing Authority, your application will be withdrawn until debts are paid. If you left the previous Housing Authority in negative standings, this may affect your application with us. Please consider this when applying.