Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
189 First Street
Painesville, Lake County, OH

440-354-3347 http://www.lakehousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 29th, 2016.

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

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in July 2016, and prior to that for nearly a week in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Pick up an application at the LMHA Administrative Office.
  3. Pick up an application at a Lake County, OH public library.
Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed by July 27, 2016. In person, faxed or emailed applications were not accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of domestic violence, living in subsidized housing, live or employed in Lake County, employed outside Lake County, veteran or widow of veteran, elderly, disabled.

750 applicants were placed on the waiting list.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Persons on the waiting list must submit this form to update application information.

For more information, read the LMHA public notice, visit the LMHA website, or call the office at (440) 354-3347.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 4th, 2015.

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


The LMHA offers two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and one family community community with 70 units ranging in size from 2 to 4 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the LMHA to pick up an application, located at 189 First St., Painesville, OH 44077, between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 440-354-3347 between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the LMHA website at http://www.lakehousing.org/, or by calling 440-354-3347 between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 240 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,457 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Lake 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 Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (14%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (86%) to that of all housing authorities in Ohio, Lake 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, Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority scored an average of 70 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 0 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Ohio is 82.91.

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority has an average score that is less 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)

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 Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/16/12 Plan
2011 11/2/11 Plan
2010 9/10/10 Plan
2009 11/9/09 Plan
2008 9/2/08 Plan
2007 7/25/07 Plan
2006 8/30/06 Plan
2005 10/3/05 Plan
2003 7/2/03 Plan
2002 9/27/02 Plan
2001 8/2/01 Plan
2000 7/1/00 Plan