Housing Authority of Prince Georges County
9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 200
Largo, Prince Georges County, MD

301-883-5531 ha.mypgc.us

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Prince Georges County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 14th, 2016.

The Housing Authority of Prince George's County (HAPGC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nearly two weeks in October 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application on the HAPGC website. The pre-application was available online only. Applicants were allowed to use a computer, tablet or smart phone to apply.

The HAPGC identified the following preferences: Applicants who live/work/are hired to work in Prince George's County, MD.

Please note: The HAPGC used a rare tiered system of preferences. Applicants must have qualified for the residency preference to be eligible for any other preferences.

The additional preferences were: Employed at least 30 hours per week, elderly, disabled/handicapped, veteran/veteran family, enrolled in a full time training or educational program with the intent of securing employment within the next 12 months as a result of completing the program, household that has successfully completed a transitional housing program under Prince George's County continuum of Care Program.

The HAPGC placed 5,000 applicants on the waiting list by random lottery.

According to a notice published on the HAPGC website, more than 39,000 people applied to the waiting list.

Applicants can check their status on the waiting list by November 16, 2016 online here, or by calling 1 (844) 796-9874.

The HAPGC will notify the public when the waiting list reopens though local media and libraries. 

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 HAPGC website, call the waiting list information line at (301) 583-9906, or call the office at (301) 883-5531 during normal office hours. 

The Housing Authority of Prince George's County (HAPGC) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in May 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application on the HAPGC website. The application was available online only. No applications were accepted in person. Only one application per household was accepted. Households that submitted multiple applications may be disqualified.

No preferences were identified.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

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 HAPGC website, call the waiting list information line at (301) 583-9906, or call the office at (301) 883-5531 during normal office hours.


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 Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Prince Georges County Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 14th, 2016.

The Housing Authority of Prince George's County (HAPGC) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, from May 9, 2016 at 9:00 am, until May 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.

Please note: 

  • This waiting list is only open for 2-4 bedroom units.
  • Applicants will be placed on this waiting list by random lottery, meaning the time you submit this application has no effect on your position on the waiting list. There are cases of applicants flooding the website as soon as a scheduled online waiting list opens, causing the website to crash for a period of time. If the website is down, it will eventually be back up to accept applications.

To apply, complete the online application here. The application is available online only. No applications will be accepted in person. Only one application per household will be accepted. Households that submit multiple applications may be disqualified.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer, or one at a local library. A list of Prince George's County libraries can be found here.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can call the HAPGC at (301) 583-9906 or send an email to HAPGC@co.pg.md.us.

Applicants can receive assistance in completing the application by visiting one of the following libraries on May 12-13, 2016 from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm:

  • Belsville Branch
    4319 Sellman Rd.
    Beltsville MD, 20705
  • Oxon Hill Branch
    6200 Oxon Hill Rd.
    Oxon Hill, MD 20784 
  • Spaulding's Branch
    5811 Old Silver Hill Rd.
    District Heights, MD 20747
No preferences have been identified.

1,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

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 HAPGC website, call the waiting list information line at (301) 583-9906, or call the office at (301) 883-5531 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Prince Georges County administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 8 projects which contain 372 affordable rental units. It also administers 5,750 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Prince Georges County is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Prince Georges County between Public Housing Units (6%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (94%) to that of all housing authorities in Maryland, Housing Authority of Prince Georges County has a smaller 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 Prince Georges County scored an average of 84 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2004 and a low score of 56 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Housing Authority of Prince Georges County 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 (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 Prince Georges County.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/25/12 Plan
2011 7/14/11 Plan
2010 8/12/10 Plan
2009 6/29/09 Plan
2007 5/29/07 Plan
2005 5/14/05 Plan