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: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 24th, 2016.

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for families and senior households until May 31, 2016

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

Please note: The 1 bedroom waiting list is only open for senior (62+) households.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit the HABC office to pick up a pre-application, located at 1225 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
  2. Call the HABC office at (443) 984-2222 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday to request a pre-application be mailed to you.
  3. Write the HABC at Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Housing Choice Voucher Program, Attention: Application/Waiting List, 1225 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 to request a pre-application be mailed to you.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Housing Choice Voucher Program
Attention: Application/Waiting List
1225 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21223

Please note: Pre-applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2016, or it will not be accepted.

It is not known how qualified applicants are placed on the waiting list. We have contacted the HACB office for clarification, and will update this page when more information becomes available. In the meantime, please contact the HACB for more information.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 HABC website, or call the office at (410) 396-3232.

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

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 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Applicants who have been selected on 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.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 8th, 2015.

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.

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)

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