Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
16 W Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH


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Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list last opened from December 16th through December 19th, 2014.

The December 16th, 2014 opening was the first since 2012

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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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 20 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 81. The scores for properties managed by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 58.

The highest scoring property in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority portfolio is Hope VI Phase 2 - Laurel Homes and the lowest scoring property is Millvale - North.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 90% of properties managed by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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 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


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