about the

Bloomington Housing Authority

Overview

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.

Careers

 

Open Positions

RESIDENT SERVICE COORDINATOR: The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) is seeking an energetic individual with a passion for service to join our team as Resident Service Coordinator (RSC). This individual should demonstrate a strong sense of integrity, professionalism and personal accountability as they will be the core facilitator of the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant funded program for BHA’s Public Housing program, currently known as the Step Up program. The RSC is responsible for planning, organizing and evaluating the delivery of services to improve the quality of life of BHA Residents. Central to the RSC role is the ability to negotiate, develop, and maintain partnerships with community service providers and local businesses; as such, strong communication and collaboration skills are imperative.

The RSC must be able to work with a variety of people, and have excellent verbal, written and computer skills. This position is diverse in nature and involves regular direct client contact and case management, as well as contact with the public, other agencies, resident council and staff. Must be comfortable working with a wide variety of people and be able to work some nights and weekends as needed. This position is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will report directly to the Administrative Director. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to krichmond@blha.net.  Resumes sent without a cover letter will not be considered. Position is opened until filled. EOE.

Complete job description available to view here.

 

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN III: The Bloomington (IN) Housing Authority is seeking a Maintenance Tech II to provide support to the affordable housing program. An employee occupying a position in this class must be able to take instruction, follow through, and work independently. This person must learn and perform assigned maintenance routine without daily instruction, assistance, or supervision and instruct Maintenance Mechanics I and other semi-skilled and unskilled workers. This person will also share on-call duties with other maintenance employees and is required to work during any seasonal crisis or natural disasters such as but not limited to, winter blizzards, floods, and storm damage. This person will be required to perform any duties that might reasonably be assigned to this position. An applicant for this position must have at least two to three years of experience doing maintenance including carpentry repair, electrical repair, HVAC, and residential plumbing. To apply, please send resume to krichmond@blha.net. Position is opened until filled. EOE.

Complete job description available to view here.

 

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV) OCCUPANCY SPECIALIST: The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) is seeking a full-time (35 hours) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Occupancy Specialist. Our ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual who is organized, cordial, versatile, and is able to effectively communicate with people of all backgrounds and personalities. This person will work directly with participants, applicants, and property owners for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. This position requires someone who can determine program eligibility, verify participant annual income, and calculate housing assistance payments, as well as maintain files and generate reports as required. This position may be responsible for responding to complaints, assisting walk-in clients as necessary, and conducting applicant briefings for HCV Program.  The position supports and is under the direct supervision of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Manager. To apply, please send resume to krichmond@blha.net. Position is opened until filled. EOE.

Complete job description available to view here.

 

GROUNDSKEEPER: The Bloomington Housing Authority is seeking a Groundskeeper to provide support to the affordable housing program portfolio of 312 multi-family rental units. An employee occupying a position in this class must be able to take instruction, follow through, and work independently. This person must learn and perform assigned maintenance routine without daily instruction, assistance, or supervision and instruct semi-skilled and unskilled workers. This person will be required to work during any seasonal crisis or natural disasters such as but not limited to winter blizzards, floods, and tornadoes. This person will be required to perform any duties that might reasonably be assigned to this position. To apply, please send resume to krichmond@blha.net. Position is opened until filled. EOE.

Complete job description available to view here.

 

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.

Meetings

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. Summit St. Bloomington, IN 47404. For cancellations or changes, please refer to Public Notices in the Herald Times the Monday prior to a scheduled meeting.

Duties

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.

Term

Four Years

Qualifications

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)

Compensation

$25 per meeting.

Current Commissioners

Appointee Appointed by: Expiration Date:
William Hosea, Chair The Mayor 1/31/25
Elaine Amerson, Vice Chair The Mayor 1/31/22
Lindsey A. Smith The Mayor 1/31/22
Sherry Clay The Mayor 1/31/24
Sue Wanzer The Mayor 1/31/23
Kevin Cade The Mayor 1/31/23
Dave Warren The Mayor 1/31/25

FAQs

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.