Housing Authority of Baltimore City
417 E Fayette Street
Baltimore, Baltimore City County, MD

410-396-3232 | http://www.baltimorehousing.org/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will open it's Section 8 Housing Choice Waiting list for the first time since 2003. The Housing Authority expects more than 50,000 families to apply for the "up to 25,000 waiting list places" allocated for the Housing Choice Voucher program for this opening. Close to 800 families remain on the waiting list at this time.

The "up to 25,000 waiting list places" language is interesting.  It seems the housing authority may be reserving the right to add less than 25,000 applicants to the waiting list.  We'll try to clarify why they are using "up to" in the official language.

Applications will become available online only starting October 22nd, 2014 and continuing until October 30th. You may apply here: http://www.jointhelist.org/.

The city, along with affordable housing advocates, will set up locations to allow persons without reliable access to the internet to apply. The following sites will be open for application assistance from 9am to 3pm on October 28th through the 30th :
  • Mount Pleasant Church, 6000 Radecke Ave.
  • Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave., J. Millard Tawes Center, 2nd Floor
  • St. Veronica Parish Hall, 806 Cherry Hill Road
  • Pleasant View Gardens, 201 N. Aisquith St.
  • Magna Baltimore Technical Center, 4910 Park Heights Ave.

The Housing Authority stresses that a position on the Waiting List does not guarantee a Housing Choice Voucher. The housing authority aims to assist all eligible families within the next six years.

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 68 projects which contain 11,426 affordable rental units. It also administers 18,749 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Baltimore City is determined to be an Extra Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 10,000+ public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Extra Large, meaning it administers 10,000+ Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Baltimore City between Public Housing Units (38%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (62%) to that of all housing authorities in Maryland, Housing Authority of Baltimore City has a larger 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 Maryland.

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, Housing Authority of Baltimore City scored an average of 46 points. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 12 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Housing Authority of Baltimore City has an average score that is less 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Housing Authority of Baltimore City manages 44 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 63. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of Baltimore City range from a high of 96 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of Baltimore City portfolio is Albemarle Square - Phase 3 and the lowest scoring property is Reservoir Hill.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 59% of properties managed by Housing Authority of Baltimore City have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

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 Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2004 7/30/04 Plan
2003 8/6/03 Plan
2001 3/7/02 Plan
2000 4/2/01 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Baltimore from ApartmentSmart

Pedestal Gardens
1 - 4 BR

Walker Co-op
1 - 1 BR


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Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

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Public Housing Size

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