Prospective Participants

SJCHA currently has no open Housing Choice Voucher Program Wait Lists.


How to Apply

SJCHA has no open Housing Choice Voucher Program Wait Lists.

For applicants who submitted electronic applications during the February 21-23, 2023 opening, the process of certifying the priority preferences has been completed. SJCHA accepted only 500 applications based on the forecasted number of applications that could be processed in a two-year period. The application selection was done by lottery based on preferences.

You may check the status of your application at You will need the login information you created when submitting your application. SJCHA does not have access to this information. If your status is active, your application was selected. If your status is inactive, your application was not selected. If your status is hold, your application has reached the top of the waiting list and is going through the approval process. SJCHA will not give status information over the phone or through email.

If your application was accepted, you must submit in writing any contact information changes. When your application comes to the top of the waitlist, you will be contacted by mail and you will be required to provide proof of income, assets, allowances, and household composition.

If your application was not added to the 2023 waitlist, you are welcome to reapply when the waitlist reopens, likely in 2025. The reopening will be announced on this website as well as in the South Bend Tribune.


Initial Eligibility

Applicants must meet several criteria to be eligible for assistance.

  • Income Limits Requirement: The Applicant household or individual must meet income requirements which are published and updated annually by HUD.
  • At least one household member must be a United States citizen or an eligible immigrant.
  • Each household member must have a Social Security Number or be able to verify that one has been applied for.
  • Meet SJCHA’s criminal background screening criteria.
  • May not owe money to a housing authority or left a HUD program in bad standing within the last 5 years.


What Kind of Documents Will I Need?

  • Copies of the front and back of Picture IDs for each person 18 or older in the household;
  • Copies of birth certificates and Social Security cards for each member of the household;
  • Copy of marriage license if currently married; divorce papers if recently divorced;
    Verification of ALL income, including self-employment
  • Wages – 60-Days of current consecutive ​pay stubs
  • Self-Employment – Tax documents or Profit/Loss Statement
  • Monetary Contributions – Written statement from person providing funds including how much provided and how often funds are provided
  • Social Security – Award Letter
  • SNAP and/or TANF eligibility printout showing monthly benefit amount
  • Child Support printout – Needed for ALL households with children under 18. Need a payment history report OR a No Case letter
  • Unemployment – Weekly benefit statement OR statement of No Case if not working
  • 6 months of Bank Statement(s) for each household member regardless of age
  • 6 months of Cash Account Statement(s) (CASH App, Venmo, PayPal, Payroll cards, etc.) for each household member regardless of age
  • If not currently living in St Joseph County Indiana, original certified background check (current month);
  • If not currently living and/or receiving mail in South Bend, IN, residency verification for the date of your prescreening application.