Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
100 W Cedar Street
Akron, Summit County, OH

330-762-9631 http://www.akronhousing.org/index2.aspx

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


To apply, go to the Akron housing assistance application here.  This online application will allow you to apply for several different programs the housing authority offers.

The Section 8 waiting list offers several preference points.  They are:
  • Rent Burden or Homeless: 7 points
    - Given to clients who are paying more than 30% of their income for rent and utilities or living in substandard housing.
  • Involuntary Displacement by Government Action: 3 points
    - Given to clients who have been involuntarily displaced by government action
  • Veteran: 2 points
    - Given to veterans or spouses of veterans. This status is also given to family members of veterans living in the same household.
  • SCCS Certified Emancipated Youth: 2 points
    - Given to youth age 18 years of age to 21, who are working with Summit County Children Services to overcome or prevent homelessness.
  • Resident: 1 point
    - Given to clients living, working or attending school full time within Summit County.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The AMHA offers 20 public housing communities for families and fourteen communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a complete list of each community the AMHA offers, please follow this link.

To apply, please follow this link to apply online.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please write this number down for future reference.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the AMHA website at http://www.akronhousing.org/, or by calling 330-762-9631 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority operates 4,323 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 39% 1 bedroom apartments, 31% 2 bedroom apartments, 21% 3 bedroom apartments and 5% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 4,212 out of a total 4,323 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.57%.

Family Type

Of the 1,899 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 404 (21.27%) were elderly, 1,495 (78.73%) were non-elderly, 1559 (82.1%) were disabled, 474 (24.96%) contained children and 1,756 (92.47%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $252.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $166. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $202. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $404. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $183.

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 Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority portfolio, 56% of households identified as Black, 42% identified as White, and 1% 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 Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority properties, 3,312 were Extremely Low Income, 721 were Very Low Income, 157 were Low Income and 10 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority properties is $10,284. Of all public housing residents, 13% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 82% 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 Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing 30% have wage income, 4% have welfare income, 55% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 18% have other income and 11% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 4,212 households containing 8,622 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 2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 24.96% of households included children. Across all household members in Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority public houins units 18.8% are aged zero to five and 23.7% are aged 6 to 17.

12.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 44.9% 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 Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing communities. 23.48% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.8% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.72% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 48 projects which contain 4,295 affordable rental units. It also administers 4,975 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (46%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (54%) to that of all housing authorities in Ohio, Akron Metropolitan 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 Ohio.

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, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2006 and a low score of 56 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Ohio is 82.91.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Ohio 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.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 26 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 83. The scores for properties managed by Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority range from a high of 100 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority portfolio is Cascade Village North and the lowest scoring property is Cascade Village East/west.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 85% of properties managed by Akron Metropolitan 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 Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/14/12 Plan
2011 6/13/11 Plan
2010 8/10/10 Plan
2009 7/6/09 Plan
2008 7/1/08 Plan
2007 6/1/07 Plan
2006 7/3/06 Plan
2005 7/29/05 Plan
2004 6/24/04 Plan
2003 7/8/03 Plan
2002 3/17/03 Plan
2001 8/9/01 Plan
2000 8/24/00 Plan