Wicomico Housing Authority
911 Booth Street
Salisbury, Wicomico County, MD

410-749-1383

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Wicomico Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May 2015 and there is no notice of when it will reopen.


To apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, applicants were required to stop by the WHA office to pick up an application, located at 911 Booth St., Salisbury, MD 21801, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Once the application was been completed, it could be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Please Note: If you mailed the application, it must have been postmarked by May 29, 2015.

This housing authority did have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Wicomico County.

For more information, the WHA can be reached by calling 410-749-1383 during normal office hours.


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
ClosedOpenNot Applicable

The Wicomico Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.


The WHA offers three apartment communities with 277 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing you must stop by the WHA office to pick up an application, located at 911 Booth St., Salisbury, MD 21801, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The WHA does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Wicomico.

For more information, the WHA can be reached by calling 410-749-1383, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Wicomico Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 277 affordable rental units. It also administers 383 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Wicomico Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Wicomico Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (42%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (58%) to that of all housing authorities in Maryland, Wicomico Housing Authority 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, Wicomico Housing Authority scored an average of 62 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 0 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Maryland is 77.41.

Wicomico Housing Authority has an average score that is less 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.

Wicomico Housing Authority manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 78. The scores for properties managed by Wicomico Housing Authority range from a high of 86 to a low of 63.

The highest scoring property in the Wicomico Housing Authority portfolio is Scattered Site and the lowest scoring property is Booth Street.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/28/11 Plan
2011 12/1/10 Plan
2010 1/27/10 Plan
2009 12/3/08 Plan
2008 9/16/08 Plan
2005 5/10/06 Plan
2004 11/15/04 Plan
2003 4/10/02 Plan
2002 4/10/02 Plan
2001 2/6/02 Plan
2000 4/27/01 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Salisbury from ApartmentSmart

3

Public Housing Projects

277

Public Housing Units

383

Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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