Howard County Housing Commission
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, Howard County, MD

410-313-6320 http://www.howardcountymd.gov/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Howard County Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.


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Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Howard County Housing Commission (HCHC) is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Howard County Housing Commission operates 50 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Howard County Housing Commission public housing units range from 3 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 86% 3 bedroom apartments and 14% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Howard County Housing Commission’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 49 out of a total 50 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2%.

Family Type

Of the 47 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 4 (8.51%) were elderly, 43 (91.49%) were non-elderly, 8 (17.02%) were disabled, 34 (72.34%) contained children and 33 (70.21%) 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 Howard County Housing Commission's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Howard County Housing Commission’s public housing developments is $667.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $534. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $563. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $1127. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $582.

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 Howard County Housing Commission portfolio, 88% of households identified as Black, 12% 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 Howard County Housing Commission properties, 21 were Extremely Low Income, 12 were Very Low Income, 12 were Low Income and 4 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Howard County Housing Commission properties is $27,634. Of all public housing residents, 6% have no income and 55% earn more than $25,000 while 39% 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 Howard County Housing Commission public housing 69% have wage income, 4% have welfare income, 33% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 27% have other income and 6% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 49 households containing 167 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 3.4.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 72.34% of households included children. Across all household members in Howard County Housing Commission public houins units 8.4% are aged zero to five and 33.5% are aged 6 to 17.

4.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 53.3% 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 Howard County Housing Commission public housing communities. 6.12% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.2% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 83.68% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Howard County Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 50 affordable rental units. It also administers 944 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Howard County Housing Commission is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 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 Howard County Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (5%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (95%) to that of all housing authorities in Maryland, Howard County Housing Commission 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, Howard County Housing Commission scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 81 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Howard County Housing Commission 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Howard County Housing Commission manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 90. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Allfa Pines /scattered Sites has 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 Howard County Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/27/12 Plan
2011 6/21/11 Plan
2010 12/9/10 Plan
2009 5/26/10 Plan
2008 3/5/09 Plan
2006 7/20/06 Plan
2005 8/5/05 Plan
2004 6/16/04 Plan
2003 8/20/03 Plan
2002 7/30/02 Plan
2001 6/29/01 Plan
2000 8/25/00 Plan