Housing Authority of the County of Merced
405 U Street
Merced, Merced County, CA

209-722-3501 http://www.merced-pha.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the County of Merced Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced (HACM) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here
  2. Visit the HACM office to pick up a pre-application, located at 405 U Street, Merced, CA 95341, from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm PT, Monday-Thursday.
Please note: The HACM does not identify on its website how to submit the pre-application. We have contacted the office for clarification, and will update this page when more information becomes available. Contact the office for more information on how to submit the pre-application.

The HACM has identified the following preferences: Independent living skills program; homeless; veteran; involuntarily displaced; live, work or have been hired to work in Merced County, elderly/disabled. Further explanation of each preference can be found on the pre-application.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information. 

Applicants must update pre-application information through the Applicant Portal.

For more information, visit the HACM web page here, or call (209) 722-3501.

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in February 2016, and prior to that for one day in March 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

In 2016, the waiting list closed within an hour and a half of its opening. The HACM only accepted the first 1,000 pre-applications.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. Computers, smart phones and tablets may have been used to access the pre-application. No phone, fax, email or in person requests for a pre-application were accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Independent living skills program, homeless, veteran, involuntarily displaced, resident, elderly, disabled.

Applicants will receive an email within 30-45 days of submitting the pre-application notifying them if they have been placed on the waiting list.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HACM web page here, or call (209) 722-3501.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the County of Merced Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

The Housing Authority of Merced is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 415 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,730 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the County of Merced is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the County of Merced between Public Housing Units (13%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (87%) to that of all housing authorities in California, Housing Authority of the County of Merced has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in California.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Housing Authority of the County of Merced scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2002 and a low score of 79 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Housing Authority of the County of Merced has an average score that is more than the average California housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Housing Authority of the County of Merced.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/28/12 Plan
2010 10/12/10 Plan
2009 11/24/09 Plan
2008 8/29/08 Plan
2007 10/10/07 Plan
2006 9/6/06 Plan
2005 9/14/05 Plan
2004 11/3/04 Plan
2003 10/15/03 Plan
2002 10/25/02 Plan
2001 3/7/02 Plan
2000 11/1/00 Plan