Marion County Housing Authority
2645 Portland Road NE, Suite 200
Salem, Marion County, OR


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Marion County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

Please note: The Marion County Housing Authority covers Marion County, OR, with the exception of Keizer and Salem, OR. Please click the link provided for information on those areas.

The Marion County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on June 15, 2015. It was last open for ten days in March 2015.

Please note: 

  • Although this waiting list is technically open indefinitely, it will close once 2,000 pre-applications have been received.
  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
  • According to the MCHA, "If you applied for any previous Section 8 waitlist [through this office], you must reapply."
To apply, complete the online pre-application. Pre-applications are available in English and Spanish.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local public library or public office. This pre-application can be accessed on most smart phones.

Disabled applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can call the MCHA office at (503) 798-4170.

The following preferences have been identified: Homeless; participants of MC Health Department Addictions and Mental Health RAP; head of household lives, works or attends school in one of the communities in the map displayed in the middle of the MCHA web page.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Name, date of birth, Social Security Number, race, gender, annual income, employment information.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application was received, 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. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website, or call the office at (503) 798-4170.

Public Housing Waiting List Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Marion County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

The Marion County Housing Authority does not offer a public housing program.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Marion County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 10 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,182 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Marion County Housing Authority is determined to be a Very Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1 - 49 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 Marion County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (1%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (99%) to that of all housing authorities in Oregon, Marion County 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 Oregon.

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, Marion County Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 103 in 2008 and a low score of 82 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Oregon is 84.14.

Marion County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Oregon 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 Marion County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/27/12 Plan
2011 3/11/11 Plan
2010 3/31/10 Plan
2009 2/18/09 Plan
2008 3/11/08 Plan
2007 4/5/07 Plan
2006 4/8/06 Plan
2005 2/23/05 Plan
2004 3/12/04 Plan
2003 4/10/03 Plan
2002 6/28/02 Plan
2001 6/29/01 Plan
2000 5/13/00 Plan