Managed East Chicago Housing Association, will be accepting applications for 1, 2, 3, & 4 Bedroom Units Only! 

Applications are available and can be obtained at:

4444 Railroad Ave. 
East Chicago, IN 46312

Please Bring the Following for You and Each Household Member:

  • Valid Driver’s License or State I.D.
  • Birth Certificate – Original not copy!
  • Social Security Card – Original!


Harborside Apartments is limited to low-income families and individuals. MECHA determines your eligibility based on:  1) Annual gross income; 2) East Chicago Residency, preferred 3) Indiana Resident; 4) U.S. Citizenship or eligible immigration status. 



Smoking is prohibited in or near the buildings.

Do not owe another Landlord or Housing Authority money.

No history of drug-related or violent criminal activity.

Not been evicted from any assisted housing in the past year, or past 3 years for drug-related activity.

Not subject to a lifetime registration requirement as a sex offender.

No record of disturbances, destruction of property, or poor housekeeping habits

Rent paying habits are satisfactory.


PLEASE NOTE:  If you require a reasonable accommodation to utilize our application process, please contact our office at (219) 397.9974 ext. 29 or 19. 

All application questions must be answered, if information does not apply put N/A.

  • Incomplete applications will not be processed!
  • The application must be legible, please print.
  • Applications must be completed in black or blue ink only.
  • Name on application must be the same name given at the time the application was requested.

Your application and a copy of *Identification, Birth Certificate, and Social Security Cards of everyone in the household, must be PRESENTED to be processed.  (If you don’t have them you can drop them off, but they must be received within 5 Business Days) to:           

4444 Railroad Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312

*Applications will not be processed without a copy of your Valid Driver’s License or State I.D., Birth Certificate and Social Security Card.

Please submit copies of the following documents along with your application:

  1. All income sources Social Security, SSI, Pension, Wages, TANF, Child Support, Unemployment, food stamps (for everyone in your household for the last 30 days)
  2. School records of all school aged children in the household.
  3. Verification of substandard housing (report from building or health department) (if applicable)
  4. Verification of homeless situation (letter from shelter, or other social service agency) (if applicable)


MECHA will send written notification of the preliminary eligibility determination within 5 business days. (Please note:  Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that the family is, in fact, eligible for admission.  A final determination of eligibility and qualification for preferences will be made when the family is selected from the waiting list.)


If you have updates, questions or concerns, you may come into the office on Mondays Only between to the hours of 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.