Howard County Housing Commission
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, #300
Columbia, Howard County, MD


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Howard County Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 14th, 2016.

The Howard County Housing Commission (HCHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open in July 2012.  There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HCHC website, or call the office at (410) 313-6320.

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

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

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

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 (, 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 (, 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 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