Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority
315 North Columbus Street
Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH

740-653-6618 http://www.fairfieldmha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority covers Fairfield County, OH.


The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (FMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, as of July 22, 2015. This waiting list is open indefinitely. The waiting list was last opened for two months in May 2014.

Fairfield County, OH is 25 miles southeast of Columbus, OH.

To apply, visit click here to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application will be available online only. Pre-applications will be available in English and Spanish.

If a prospective applicant does not have access to the internet, they can use a computer in the FMHA office during normal office hours when the waiting list is open. The FMHA also recommends using a public computer or one with a social service caseworker.

Once the application has been completed, the applicant will receive a confirmation number. It is important to write this number down and keep it in a safe and easy to access area.

The FMHA has identified the following preferences: No fault termination, veteran, youth emancipated from foster care. For further explanation of these preferences, view the FMHA public notice here.

Qualified applicants will be placed onto the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

There is no known set closing date or number of applications that will be accepted. We have contacted the FMHA and will update this page when more information becomes available.

For more information, visit the FMHA HCV waiting list page, or call (740) 653-6618.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenNot ApplicableNot Applicable

The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (FMHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families.


Please Note: The FMHA does not have a senior public housing program.

The FMHA offers 96 three bedroom homes scattered in seven sites.

To apply for public housing please follow this link for the online application.

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

The FMHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: living and/or working in Fairfield, enrolled in a disaster program, veteran, emancipated minor, homeless, or a working family.

More information can be found by visiting the FMHA website at http://www.fairfieldmha.org/, or by calling 740-653-6618 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority operates 96 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing units range from 3 bedroom apartments to 3 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 100% 3 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 89 out of a total 96 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 7.29%.

Family Type

Of the 88 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 0 (0%) were elderly, 88 (100%) were non-elderly, 20 (22.73%) were disabled, 81 (92.05%) contained children and 66 (75%) 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 Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $326.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $134. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $328. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $657. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $306.

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 Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority portfolio, 3% of households identified as Black, 94% identified as White, and 4% 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 Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority properties, 65 were Extremely Low Income, 18 were Very Low Income, 6 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority properties is $13,836. Of all public housing residents, 8% have no income and 13% earn more than $25,000 while 79% 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 Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing 57% have wage income, 11% have welfare income, 27% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 33% have other income and 8% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 89 households containing 271 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 3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 92.05% of households included children. Across all household members in Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority public houins units 21.4% are aged zero to five and 31.7% are aged 6 to 17.

0.4% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.5% 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 Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority public housing communities. 38.2% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 15.73% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 46.07% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 96 affordable rental units. It also administers 964 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (9%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (91%) to that of all housing authorities in Ohio, Fairfield 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 (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, Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 92 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Ohio is 82.91.

Fairfield 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 98. 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, Project 1 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 Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/16/12 Plan
2011 12/29/10 Plan
2010 1/6/10 Plan
2009 12/31/08 Plan
2008 1/8/08 Plan
2007 12/12/06 Plan
2006 12/29/05 Plan
2005 12/10/04 Plan
2004 12/3/03 Plan
2003 2/18/03 Plan
2002 8/28/02 Plan
2000 6/15/00 Plan