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

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 28th, 2015.

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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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.

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)

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