Westbrook Housing Authority
30 Liza Harmon Drive
Westbrook, Cumberland County, ME

207-854-9779 http://www.westbrookhousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Westbrook Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on September 13th, 2016.

Please note: The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List (MCS8/HCVWL) manages a single waiting list for seven housing authorities in the State of Maine. A list of all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.


The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List (MCS8/HCVWL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is currently open. The waiting list opened in April 2013, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: Once this application has been submitted, it will be included on the centralized waiting list, and may be under consideration for every participating housing authority. Because of this, there is no need to apply to multiple participating housing authorities, and only one pre-application will be accepted. 

There are four ways to apply:
  1. Complete the online application online here.
  2. Download and print the online pre-application.
  3. Contact one of the participating housing authorities to have an application mailed to you. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.
  4. Pick up an application at the office of a participating housing authority. Click the link above for the location of participating housing authorities.
This waiting list has the following preferences: Disabled, elderly, family with minor children or dependents, where you live, veteran, displaced by natural or national disaster, chronically homeless, at where you work, non-subsidised, local full-time student, working, non-elderly or disabled single person family, Tedford Shelter resident. A full explanation of all preferences can be viewed here.

Once the paper application has been completed, it can be mailed, faxed or submitted in person to any participating housing authority. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.

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 MCS8/HCVWL website, or contact any of the participating housing authorities.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

The Westbrook Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.


Please note: The WHA does not offer a public housing program for families.

The WHA offers two public housing communities with 83 units dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are three ways to apply:
1. Visit the WHA to pick up an application, located at 30 Liza Harmon Dr., Westbrook, ME 04092, during normal office hours.
2. Request that an application be mailed to you by calling 207-854-9779 during normal office hours.
3. Download the application here, then print and complete.

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

The WHA does have a preference for applicants that are victims of domestic violence, or veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the WHA website at http://westbrookhousing.org/, or by calling 207-854-9779 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Westbrook Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 83 affordable rental units. It also administers 805 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Westbrook 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 High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Westbrook Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (9%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (91%) to that of all housing authorities in Maine, Westbrook 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, Westbrook Housing Authority scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 89 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maine is 83.73.

Westbrook 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 Westbrook Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 1/10/12 Plan
2011 12/14/10 Plan
2010 3/8/10 Plan
2008 12/5/07 Plan
2007 12/5/06 Plan
2006 12/14/05 Plan
2005 11/29/04 Plan
2004 1/8/04 Plan
2003 1/22/03 Plan
2002 11/15/02 Plan
2001 3/1/01 Plan
2000 4/28/00 Plan