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


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency (Iowa) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is now closed; it was open from February 2 - May 13, 2015.

Applications were submitted:
  • in person at Muscatine City Hall, 215 Sycamore Street in Muscatine.
  • via First Class Mail to the attention of the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency at 215 Sycamore Street, Muscatine, IA 52761
  • Online 

This opening will not have any affect on those who are currently on the waiting list from past openings. Those who are on the waiting list prior to the opening on February 2nd do not need to apply again.

Selection is based on date and time of applicant's submission.

Inquiries about this or past openings should be addressed to:

Kaitlyn Love, Housing Administrator
City of Muscatine - Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency 
215 Sycamore Street 
Muscatine IA, 52761.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency operates 150 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 65% 1 bedroom apartments, 21% 2 bedroom apartments, 11% 3 bedroom apartments and 3% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 149 out of a total 150 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.67%.

Family Type

Of the 78 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 22 (28.21%) were elderly, 56 (71.79%) were non-elderly, 65 (83.33%) were disabled, 20 (25.64%) contained children and 38 (48.72%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency’s public housing developments is $314.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $160. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $250. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $501. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $303.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency portfolio, 5% of households identified as Black, 95% identified as White, and 15% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency properties, 92 were Extremely Low Income, 40 were Very Low Income, 14 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency properties is $13,566. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 9% earn more than $25,000 while 90% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency public housing 35% have wage income, 62% have welfare income, 69% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 17% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 149 households containing 259 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.7.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 25.64% of households included children. Across all household members in Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency public houins units 9.7% are aged zero to five and 23.6% are aged 6 to 17.

23.6% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 43.2% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency public housing communities. 30.87% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.41% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 57.72% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 95. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Clark House has a passing score.

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

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