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

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in October 2014, and prior to that in 2003. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: In mid-August 2015, we reported that the HABC released a public notice informing those who have been placed on its Public Housing waiting list that they must go online and create an account on either of its waiting list information websites, http://www.OnTheListBaltimore.org or http://www.OnTheListBmore.org by August 21, 2015. This is known as a purge, and is routine with housing authorities, but this is a an unorthodox way of doing so compared to other offices. After much criticism, the office has extended the deadline until October 9, 2015.

Please note: According to the office, the "HABC will not automatically remove applicants from the waiting list if they do not respond or create an account on the public housing applicant portal by October 9, 2015. In such cases, HABC will use all other contact information in efforts to notify the applicant. If the applicant fails to respond within 30 days after the October 9th date, the applicant will then be removed from the public housing waiting list. HABC's policy provides that applicants who are removed from the waiting list due to lack of a response will be reinstated if they contact HABC within 90 days from the date of their removal. HABC will not be advertising this process through any forms of mass media communications."

In the first hour of the 2014 opening, the HABC received more than 10,000 applications. The first full day of applications saw 42,000 total applications.  It is estimatde that for the opening as a whole, the HABC received more than 60,000 applications. 

About 25,000 qualified applicants were put onto the waiting list by random lottery.

Applicants who have been selected onto the waiting list were notified in writing by March 1, 2015.

For more information, visit the HABC website, or call the office at (410) 396-3232.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior disabled individuals.


The HABC offers 17 mixed population apartment communities, 12 family apartment communities, and two apartment communities dedicated to senior individuals. For a complete list of the apartment communities this housing authority offers, please follow this link.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In early August 2015, the HABC released a public notice informing those who have been placed on the Public Housing waiting list that they must go online and create an account on either its waiting list information websites, OnTheListBaltimore.org or OnTheListBmore.org by August 21, 2015. The office has stated anyone who has not created an online account by that date may be removed from the waiting list. This is known as a purge, and is routine with housing authorities, but this is a an unorthodox way of doing so compared to other housing authorities. There is no notice of this purge on the HABC website.

There are three ways to apply:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 410-396-3225, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.
2. Visit the leasing office to pick up an application, located at 1225 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223, or the central office at 417 E. Fayette St., Rm 266, Baltimore, MD 21223, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.
3. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 1225 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223. No documents are needed at this time.

This housing authority does have a preference point system: involuntary displaced; substandard housing; homeless; intimidated crime victim or intimidated witness; domestic violence victms; hate crime victims or reprisals; previously or currently enrolled in an educational, training or upward mobility programs; working families; unable to work because of age (62) or disability; live and/or work in Baltimore City; and veterans and their families.

For more information, visit the HABC website, or call the office at (410) 396-4061 during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

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 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 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, as of the last set of publicly available data, 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