Baltimore County Housing Office
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Baltimore County Housing Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 1st, 2016.

The Baltimore County Housing Office (BCHO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

To apply, download and print the online application here.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

Baltimore County Housing Office
6401 York Road, First Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Applicants who need English language assistance can call the BCHO at (410) 853-8900, or visit the office at the address listed above.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received. Applicants placed on the waiting list will receive a notice from the BCHO.

According to the BCHO, the average wait time for assistance is 9 years after submitting the application.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 BCHO website, or call the office at (410) 853-8990.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Baltimore County Housing Office administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 6,124 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Baltimore County Housing Office is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Baltimore County Housing Office is among the 25% of Maryland 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, Baltimore County Housing Office scored an average of 99 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2002 and a low score of 89 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Baltimore County Housing Office has an average score that is more than the average Maryland 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 Baltimore County Housing Office.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/7/12 Plan
2011 8/31/11 Plan
2010 6/30/10 Plan
2009 1/11/10 Plan
2008 7/21/08 Plan
2007 6/18/07 Plan
2006 8/3/06 Plan
2005 9/28/05 Plan
2004 9/1/04 Plan
2003 11/6/03 Plan
2002 11/12/02 Plan
2001 6/26/01 Plan
2000 3/9/01 Plan