Maine State Housing Authority
353 Water Street
Augusta, Kennebec County, ME


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Maine State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 28th, 2015.

Please note: The Maine State Housing Authority administers an individual waiting lists for the Counties of Aroostook, Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and York, ME.

The Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting lists for all covered counties are currently open.

For more information, visit the MSHA website, or call the MSHA office at (207) 626-4600.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Maine State Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 4,424 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Maine State Housing Authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Maine State Housing Authority is among the 23% of Maine housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, Maine State Housing Authority scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 76 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maine is 83.73.

Maine State 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 (, 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 Maine State Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/5/11 Plan
2011 11/23/10 Plan
2010 12/14/09 Plan
2009 12/10/08 Plan
2008 12/4/07 Plan
2007 11/22/06 Plan
2006 12/6/05 Plan
2005 12/16/04 Plan
2004 1/5/04 Plan
2003 11/15/02 Plan
2002 2/19/02 Plan
2001 1/4/01 Plan
2000 4/14/00 Plan