Public Housing

Overview

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types from scattered single-family houses to high-rise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 750 public housing units in Fort Wayne managed by FWHA. In the public housing program, FWHA is the landlord. These units are owned and operated by the Fort Wayne Housing Authority (FWHA). Rent in these units is set for each family based on their anticipated annual adjusted income. Our units are located city wide.

FAQ's

How long will my waiting time be?

Waiting time differs for each applicant and is based on date/time of application, qualifying local preferences, and bedroom size. You will be sent a Preliminary Eligibility Letter within 10 business days of receipt of your application that states your estimated waiting time for placement. This time frame is all that we can go by. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, you will be notified via US Mail.

Can I call the office to check on my status?

Yes, however we cannot give out an updated waiting time. We can tell you if you are on the waiting list, the date/time that you applied, and what bedroom size you were approved for. We can only ask that you reference your Preliminary Eligibility Letter for your estimated waiting time.

Will I have to move?

Yes. The Public Housing Program requires you to move from where you are currently living into one of our managed units. Landlords cannot “accept” or “take” Public Housing. We have a number of apartment complexes and a few scattered home sites around the City of Fort Wayne. You can indicate a preferred location once you are called in for orientation. Your preferences will be considered, but are not guaranteed.

Do I need to report any changes in my address, income, preferences, or family composition?

Yes. You are required to notify the Fort Wayne Housing Authority IN WRITING within 10 days of your change so that we can update your file with the correct information in order to re-determine your place on the waiting list. Failure to update your changes within the specified time frame could result in removal from the waiting list. Please be advised that changing your address with the US Postal Service DOES NOT update your address with us and your mail WILL NOT be forwarded. If any correspondence to you is returned to us by the US Postal Service, your name WILL BE REMOVED from the waiting list.

PUBLIC DOCUMENTS

Document Name Description File
FWHA ACOP (2018-2019) Admissions & Continued Occupancy Policy for the Public Housing Program Download

APPLICANT RESOURCES

Document Name Description File
FWHA Public Housing Application Preliminary Application for Public Housing Download
HUD 92006 Supplemental and Optional Contact Information for HUD-Assisted Housing Applicants Download
Household Update Form Preference Update and Family Composition Change Form Download
HUD 9886 Authorization for the Release of Information/Privacy Act Notice Download

TENANT RESOURCES

Document Name Description File
New Resident Orientation Schedule Upcoming Mandatory Meetings for New Residents Download
Household Update Form Preference Update and Family Composition Change Form Download
HUD 9886 Authorization for the Release of Information/Privacy Act Notice Download
PH Utility Allowances & Flat Rents Utility Allowance Estimates & Flat Rents Download
HUD 92006 Supplemental and Optional Contact Information for HUD-Assisted Housing Applicants Download
Public Housing Payment Standards & Income Limits Payment Standards & Income Limits Download