Section 8 Waiting List Status:
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.
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
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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)
Public housing authorities provide several affordable housing assistance programs to renters and sometimes homeowners. Most of these programs are funded by the Federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The two primary housing programs administered by housing authorities are the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Housing Program, also known as Public Housing.
Section 8 vouchers provide a rental subsidy to renters that absorbs housing costs that exceed 30% of their income. Renters can use the voucher to rent private housing in apartment communities or privately owned homes. The rent is capped based on a Payment Standard that is determined by the housing authority based on market rents in the target area. Section 8 assistance is very limited across the country and typically waiting lists for the assistance can stretch out for a decade.
Public housing is rental housing owned and managed by housing authorities. Renters pay only 30% of their adjusted income. Typically, public housing consists of apartment developments but sometimes can be scattered single family homes in some suburban or rural housing authorities. Public housing was the first form of affordable housing provided to low income Americans. It is one of the oldest housing assistance programs in the country.
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)
HUD reviews and scores each public housing agency’s administration of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program through the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP). The intent of the review and scoring system is to insure that public funds are administered in the most efficient manner while achieving the goal of adequately housing lower income persons.
The total number of points a PHA can receive under the SEMAP scoring model is 135 points. Any housing authority receiving a score more than 121 points is considered a High Performer. PHA’s receiving 81 to 120 points are rated as Standard Performers. Any housing authority that receives a score of 80 or less is considered Troubled and must go through a troubled agency review and cure process.
The assessment system reviews the PHA’s management performance on 14 different criteria. These criteria are:
1. Waiting List Management (15 points) - maximum points are awarded to housing authorities that have a written waiting list policy and do quality control sampling that demonstrates that at least 98% of all voucher recipients were chosen from the waiting list.
2. Rent Reasonableness (20 points) - points are awarded to PHA’s who have a written process for determining that rent paid to landlords under the Section 8 program are reasonable as compared to other comparable housing in the market area. Maximum points are awarded where a file review demonstrates the housing authority followed its written rent reasonableness policy.
3. Determining Adjusted Income (20 points) - points are awarded when a file review demonstrates that tenants receiving assistance had their income properly verified through a third party, accurately accounted for allowances and expenses and used the correct utility allowance in determining the tenant’s gross rent payment.
4. Utility Allowance Schedule (5 points) - maximum points are awarded where the PHA has a utility rate schedule that has been updated within the last 12 months if utility costs have fluctuated by 10% or more.
5. Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Quality Control Inspections (5 points) - points are awarded where a housing authority supervisor re-inspected a sampling of units inspected throughout the year.
6. HQS Enforcement (10 points) - points are awarded where all case file sampling demonstrated that any life threatening HQS issues were corrected within 24 hours, all other deficiencies were corrected within 30 days and in cases where these corrections were not made, rent subsidy payments were stopped prior to the first of the following month.
7. Expanding Housing Opportunities (5 points) - available only to housing authorities in metropolitan areas, points are awarded to PHA’s who have written policies for and strongly encourage participation of owners outside of areas of concentration of poverty and minority concentration. PHA’s must also explain voucher portability to renters and provide a list of neighboring housing authorities where the vouchers may be ported to.
8. Payment Standards (5 points) - points are awarded to PHA’s where a Payment Standard has been developed for each unit size in each FMR area in the housing authority's target area and those Payment Standards are not more than 110% of the FMR nor less than 90% of the FMR for that area.
9. Annual Reexaminations (10 points) - points are awarded to housing authorities who complete a reexamination of each voucher holder every 12 months.
10. Correct Tenant Rent Calculations (5 points) - points are awarded where the PHA correctly calculates the tenant’s rent payment.
11. Pre-Contract HQS (5 points) - points are awarded where each new rental unit was inspected and passed a HQS inspection.
12. Annual HQS Inspections - the housing authority inspects each unit receiving funds under the program at least once per year.
13. Lease Up (20 points) - points are awarded to housing authorities that execute assistance contracts for the number of units that has been under budget for at least a year.
14. Family Self Sufficiency Enrollment (10 points) - applicable only to housing authorities required to implement the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program, points are awarded based on the success of FSS enrollment.
( Return to SEMAP 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.
||Plan PDF Document