Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown
35 W Baltimore Street
Hagerstown, Washington County, MD

301-733-6911 http://www.hagerstownha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown (HACH) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


For more information, visit the HACH website, or call the office at (301) 733-6911.


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 the City of Hagerstown (HACH) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


This housing authority offers eight family communities and three apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a complete listing of each community this housing authority offers, please follow this link.

There are three ways to apply for public housing:
1. Visit the HACH to pick up an application, located at 35 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.
2. Complete an online application here.
3. Download an application here, the print and complete.

Once the paper applications have been completed, they can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The HACH does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: resident of Washington County, disabled, enrolled in an educational or job training program, terminally ill, homeless, victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the HACH website at http://www.hagerstownha.org/, or by calling 301-733-6911, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown operates 1,180 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 17% studio apartments, 33% 1 bedroom apartments, 22% 2 bedroom apartments, 22% 3 bedroom apartments, 4% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 1,173 out of a total 1,180 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.59%.

Family Type

Of the 1,018 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 153 (15.03%) were elderly, 865 (84.97%) were non-elderly, 504 (49.51%) were disabled, 485 (47.64%) contained children and 447 (43.91%) 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 the City of Hagerstown's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown’s public housing developments is $407.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $256. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $224. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $448. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $303.

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 the City of Hagerstown portfolio, 29% of households identified as Black, 68% identified as White, and 7% 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 the City of Hagerstown properties, 783 were Extremely Low Income, 237 were Very Low Income, 68 were Low Income and 25 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown properties is $14,531. Of all public housing residents, 5% have no income and 13% earn more than $25,000 while 82% 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 the City of Hagerstown public housing 33% have wage income, 69% have welfare income, 55% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 21% 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 1,173 households containing 2,416 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 2.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 47.64% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown public houins units 17.1% are aged zero to five and 22.8% are aged 6 to 17.

14% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.1% 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 the City of Hagerstown public housing communities. 27.45% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 11.51% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.04% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 10 projects which contain 1,180 affordable rental units. It also administers 900 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown between Public Housing Units (57%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (43%) to that of all housing authorities in Maryland, Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown 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 the City of Hagerstown scored an average of 97 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2003 and a low score of 85 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown 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)

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 the City of Hagerstown manages 8 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 91. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown range from a high of 95 to a low of 87.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown portfolio is Gateway Crossing - Phase 4 and the lowest scoring property is Gateway Crossing - Phase 3.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown 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 the City of Hagerstown.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 9/11/12 Plan
2011 9/28/11 Plan
2010 8/11/10 Plan
2009 9/8/09 Plan
2008 10/1/08 Plan
2007 9/14/07 Plan
2006 9/29/06 Plan
2005 9/1/05 Plan
2004 9/13/04 Plan
2003 9/24/03 Plan
2002 10/8/02 Plan
2001 8/31/01 Plan
2000 10/23/00 Plan