Ellsworth Housing Authority
430 Water Street
Ellsworth, Hancock County, ME


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Ellsworth Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Ellsworth Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 12th, 2015.

The MDI and Ellsworth Housing Authorities (MDIEHA) are currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The MDIEHA handles five housing authorities:
1. Bar Harbor offers two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and one family community.
2. Southwest Harbor offers two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.
3. Mount Desert offers one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.
4.Tremont offers one family community.
5. Ellsworth offers one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 207-288-4770 during normal office hours.
2. Visit the MDIEHA to pick up an application, located at P.O Box 28, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Ellsworth Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 50 affordable rental units. It also administers 377 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Ellsworth Housing Authority 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 Ellsworth Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (12%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (88%) to that of all housing authorities in Maine, Ellsworth Housing Authority has a smaller 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 Maine.

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, Ellsworth Housing Authority scored an average of 91 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 81 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maine is 83.73.

Ellsworth Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Maine 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 Ellsworth Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 9/1/10 Plan
2008 9/9/08 Plan
2007 9/6/07 Plan
2006 10/3/06 Plan
2005 10/3/05 Plan
2004 10/1/04 Plan
2003 12/17/03 Plan
2002 10/3/02 Plan
2001 12/20/01 Plan
2000 9/18/00 Plan