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

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Mercer County Housing Authority operates 40 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Mercer County Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 3 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 70% 1 bedroom apartments, 12% 2 bedroom apartments and 18% 3 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Mercer County Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 40 out of a total 40 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0%.

Family Type

Of the 15 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 3 (20%) were elderly, 12 (80%) were non-elderly, 4 (26.67%) were disabled, 8 (53.33%) contained children and 7 (46.67%) 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 Mercer County Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Mercer County Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $470.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $180. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $167. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $334. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $404.

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 Mercer County Housing Authority portfolio, 0% of households identified as Black, 100% identified as White, and 0% 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 Mercer County Housing Authority properties, 11 were Extremely Low Income, 16 were Very Low Income, 10 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Mercer County Housing Authority properties is $20,771. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 28% earn more than $25,000 while 72% 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 Mercer County Housing Authority public housing 22% have wage income, 2% have welfare income, 75% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 25% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 40 households containing 62 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 1.6.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 53.33% of households included children. Across all household members in Mercer County Housing Authority public houins units 6.5% are aged zero to five and 14.5% are aged 6 to 17.

46.8% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 32.3% 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 Mercer County Housing Authority public housing communities. 15% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 17.5% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 67.5% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

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, Mercer County Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 97. 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, Hazen 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 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