Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
1627 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 12th, 2017.

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am until January 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. It was last open in December 2014, and prior to that in 2012.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

There are no preferences.

6.000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

During the last opening, 17,000 persons applied.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call (513) 639-0616.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update March 8th, 2016.

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is currently accepting Asset Management waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

Please note: The CMHA re-named the Public Housing program to the Asset Management program.

The CMHA offers 39 Asset Management communities with 5,279 units for families and senior/disabled households.

To apply, complete a pre-application at the CMHA eligibility office, located at 1088 W Liberty St., Cincinnati, OH 45214, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to bring these documents when filling out your application: Birth certificate, Social Secuirity Card or proof of legal US status, proof of income, and proof of household assets for all members of the household; current police background check for all adult (18+) members of the household; picture ID; current landlord name, address and telephone number.

The CMHA may have preferences for a specific property. Please contact the CHMA for more information.

Applicants will be placed on the website by date and time of pre-application submission, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out its policy on how to update pre-application information.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (513) 421-2642 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 39 projects which contain 5,279 affordable rental units. It also administers 11,316 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Cincinnati 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 Extra Large, meaning it administers 10,000+ Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (32%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (68%) to that of all housing authorities in Ohio, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority 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 Ohio.

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, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority scored an average of 83 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2004 and a low score of 62 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Ohio is 82.91.

Cincinnati 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 (, 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 Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 7/23/12 Plan
2011 8/24/11 Plan
2010 8/23/10 Plan
2009 9/16/09 Plan
2008 8/23/10 Plan
2007 7/25/07 Plan
2006 7/11/06 Plan
2005 11/30/05 Plan
2004 9/23/04 Plan
2003 10/6/03 Plan
2002 7/12/02 Plan
2001 8/22/01 Plan
2000 7/20/00 Plan