City of Westminster Housing Office
56 West Main Street
Westminster, Carroll County, MD


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the City of Westminster Housing Office 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.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The City of Westminster Housing Office administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 293 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, City of Westminster Housing Office is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

City of Westminster 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, City of Westminster Housing Office scored an average of 82 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2002 and a low score of 7 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

City of Westminster 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 City of Westminster Housing Office.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 6/30/10 Plan
2009 8/18/09 Plan
2008 5/18/09 Plan
2007 9/14/07 Plan
2006 6/14/06 Plan
2005 7/20/05 Plan
2004 11/24/04 Plan
2003 8/27/04 Plan
2002 5/30/03 Plan
2001 3/25/02 Plan