Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County
10400 Detrick Avenue
Kensington, Montgomery County, MD

240-627-9400 http://www.hocmc.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOCMC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently open. They opened on July 30, 2015 for senior (62+) and disabled households, and on August 24, 2015 for general families. These waiting lists are open indefinitely.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. The pre-application is available online only. Any electronic device with Internet access can be used to submit a pre-application.

Applicants who do not have access to the Internet can visit any of the 11 HOCMC office locations, or any Montgomery County public library.

The following documentation is required of the applicant: Email address, mailing address, phone number.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Name, date of birth, all income.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

For more information, visit the HOCMC website; call the Wait List Hotline at (240) 627-9800, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm EDT, Monday-Friday; or send an email to info@HOCHousingPath.com.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update December 21st, 2015.

The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOCMC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. The pre-application is available online only. Any electronic device with Internet access can be used to submit a pre-application.

Applicants who do not have access to the Internet can visit any of the 11 HOCMC office locations, or any Montgomery County public library.

The following documentation is required of the applicant: Email address, mailing address, phone number.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Name, date of birth, all income.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. 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. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the HOCMC website; call the Wait List Hotline at (240) 627-9800 from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday; or send an email to info@HOCHousingPath.com.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 20 projects which contain 1,554 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,410 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 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 Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County between Public Housing Units (20%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (80%) to that of all housing authorities in Maryland, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery 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 Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County scored an average of 90 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 76 in 2009. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery 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 Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/25/12 Plan
2011 5/24/11 Plan
2010 8/12/10 Plan
2009 6/26/09 Plan
2008 7/21/08 Plan
2005 12/3/04 Plan
2004 12/3/04 Plan
2003 7/15/03 Plan
2000 7/6/00 Plan