Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency
215 Sycamore Street
Muscatine, Muscatine County, IA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 26th, 2016.

Please note: The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency covers the County of Muscatine, IA.
The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency (MMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, on November 1, 2016 at 8:00 am CT. This waiting list will be open indefinitely. It was last open from February 2015 until May 2015.

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 during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application that will be available here.
  2. Pick up an application at the MMHA office in Muscatine City Hall, located at 215 Sycamore St, Muscatine, IA 52761, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.
Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the address above.

Copies of the following documents are required of all household members: Birth certificate, Social Security Card.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from the HCV program due to insufficient funding; displaced due to government action, natural disaster, or uninhabitable property as a result of actions by the present occupants of the property; elderly; disabled; families with children who have legal domicile in Muscatine County; working or have been hired to work in Muscatine County. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, read the MMHA public notice, visit the MMHA website, or call the office at (563) 264-1554.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 21st, 2015.

The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency (MMHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The MMHA offers two Public Housing communities with 150 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the MMHA to pick up a pre-application, located at City Hall – 215 Sycamore Street - Muscatine, IA 52761 during normal office hours.
  2. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the MMHA website, or call the office at (563) 264-1554 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 150 affordable rental units. It also administers 376 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency between Public Housing Units (29%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (71%) to that of all housing authorities in Iowa, Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency 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 Iowa.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency scored an average of 83 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 40 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Iowa is 82.79.

Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency has an average score that is more than the average Iowa 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 (, 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 Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 7/13/10 Plan
2008 5/22/08 Plan
2007 7/2/07 Plan
2006 7/17/06 Plan
2005 2/14/06 Plan
2004 7/7/04 Plan
2003 7/7/03 Plan
2002 7/10/02 Plan
2001 6/15/01 Plan
2000 11/30/00 Plan