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: Opening Soon

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 April 27th, 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 opening soon, from May 9, 2016 at 9:00 am, until May 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.

Please note: 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 during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the HAPGC website. 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.

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.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

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 April 27th, 2016.

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

Please note: 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 during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available on the HAPGC website. 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.

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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of Prince Georges County operates 377 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of Prince Georges County public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 34% studio apartments, 47% 1 bedroom apartments, 9% 2 bedroom apartments, 8% 3 bedroom apartments and 2% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of Prince Georges County’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 356 out of a total 377 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 5.57%.

Family Type

Of the 269 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 81 (30.11%) were elderly, 188 (69.89%) were non-elderly, 161 (59.85%) were disabled, 45 (16.73%) contained children and 42 (15.61%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Housing Authority of Prince Georges County's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of Prince Georges County’s public housing developments is $385.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $200. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $178. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $355. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $133.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Housing Authority of Prince Georges County portfolio, 95% of households identified as Black, 4% identified as White, and 2% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Housing Authority of Prince Georges County properties, 306 were Extremely Low Income, 23 were Very Low Income, 6 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of Prince Georges County properties is $15,072. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 12% earn more than $25,000 while 87% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Housing Authority of Prince Georges County public housing 17% have wage income, 2% have welfare income, 83% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 16% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 338 households containing 512 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.5.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 16.73% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of Prince Georges County public houins units 4.3% are aged zero to five and 16% are aged 6 to 17.

32% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 47.7% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Housing Authority of Prince Georges County public housing communities. 17.16% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 8.58% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 74.26% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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