Mercer County Housing Authority
1500 3rd Ave. NW
Mandan, Morton County, ND

701-663-7494 http://www.ndwriverhousing.com/mercer.html

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Mercer County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 22nd, 2015.

The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


Please Note: The current wait for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is approximately four months.

To apply, please follow the link below to download an application, then print and complete:

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed to 1500 3rd Ave., P.O. Box 517, Mandan, ND 58554. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The MCHA does not have a preference: Your application is placed by date and time received.

Please be aware the the Morton, Emmons and Mercer County Housing Authorities are all managed by the HJL Management Company, but each housing authority administers its own waiting list.

More information can be found by visiting the MCHA at http://www.ndwriverhousing.com/, or by calling 701-663-7494 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Mercer County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 5th, 2015.

The Emmons Mercer and Morton Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


Please note: Only Emmons and Mercer County are currently accepting public housing waiting list applications.

This housing authority offers one public housing community in Emmons County with 15 units for families and senior/disabled individuals, and one public housing community in Mercer County with 40 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, please follow the links below to download an application, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed to 1500 3rd Ave., P.O. Box 517, Mandan, ND 58554. 

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does not have a preference. Your application is placed by date and time received.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.ndwriverhousing.com/, or by calling 701-663-7494 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Mercer County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 40 affordable rental units. It also administers 17 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Mercer County Housing Authority is determined to be a Very Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1 - 49 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Very Small, meaning it administers 1 - 49 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Mercer County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (70%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (30%) to that of all housing authorities in North Dakota, Mercer County 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 North Dakota.

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, Mercer County Housing Authority scored an average of 100 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 100 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in North Dakota is 79.43.

Mercer County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average North Dakota 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 Mercer County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 1/12/10 Plan
2008 11/15/07 Plan
2007 12/19/06 Plan
2006 6/14/06 Plan
2005 1/3/05 Plan
2004 12/10/03 Plan
2003 12/23/02 Plan
2002 11/13/01 Plan
2001 12/19/00 Plan
2000 5/25/00 Plan