Baltimore a city in Maryland

This city is served by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 1st, 2016

The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior disabled individuals.

The HABC offers 17 mixed population apartment communities, 12 family apartment communities, and two apartment communities dedicated to senior individuals. For a complete list of the apartment communities this housing authority offers, please follow this link.

There are three ways to apply:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 410-396-3225, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.
2. Visit the leasing office to pick up an application, located at 1225 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223, or the central office at 417 E. Fayette St., Rm 266, Baltimore, MD 21223, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.
3. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 1225 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223. No documents are needed at this time.

This housing authority does have a preference point system: involuntary displaced; substandard housing; homeless; intimidated crime victim or intimidated witness; domestic violence victms; hate crime victims or reprisals; previously or currently enrolled in an educational, training or upward mobility programs; working families; unable to work because of age (62) or disability; live and/or work in Baltimore City; and veterans and their families.

For more information, visit the HABC website, or call the office at (410) 396-4061 during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Market Overview

Baltimore is a city in Maryland. The population of Baltimore, according to the 2010 Census, is 620,961. The total number of households in the city is 249,903. The average household size for Baltimore is 2.08. The total number of renter households in the city is 130,740 which means that 52.3% of households are renter households.

Baltimore’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

Section 8 83 8,434
LIHTC 169 11,471
Section 202 31 2,492
Section 811 18 211
Public Housing 11
Total 260 21,134
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Baltimore is 81.30. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Middle Branch Manor at 550 units and the smallest is 1901 Hamburg Lp at 1 unit(s). 46 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 4,332 units. Of the 21,134 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
Orchard Mews Apartments 101
Pedestal Gardens 207
Clay Courts 144
Bolton North Apartments 209
Reservoir Hill L.p. V 18
Madison Park North Apartments 202
Crossroads Apartments 20
Roizman Development Inc. 95
Unity Properties Inc. 30
1901 Hamburg L.p. 12
Coleman Manor Associates L.p. 50
The Convenant L.p. 4
Edmondale Associates L.p. 52
Jubilee Baltimore Inc. 17
Women's Housing Coalition St. Ambrose H 13
Upton Druid Apartments 78
Hopkins Village 165
Barclay Square Apartments 148
Lester Morton Court 70
Linden Park Apartments In Bolton Hill 286
Bowleys Garden Villa Co-op 78
Highlandtown Plaza Co-op 74
Arlington Estates Co-op 68
Walker Co-op 87
Terrace Garden Co-op 88
Westhills Square 84
Lansdowne Gardens Apartments 168
Shelter Development Corp. 90
Guilford Homes 5
Ashman Lp 72
Coursey Station Apartments 49
Park Heights Apartments 99
Madison Ave Development Corp 48
The Parkman Corporation 123
Roizman Development 207
Pimlico Road Apartments 13
Woodington Gardens Apartments 394
Harvey Johnson Towers 120
Park View At Coldspring 99
Village of Carrollwood 54
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center 26
Amity Ramble Apartments 56
Bruce Street Lp 17
Charles R. Uncles Senior Plaza 49
Balto. Corp. For Hsg 26
Sharp-leadenhall I 191
Westminster House 282
Depaul House 109
Greenwillow Manor 36
Maxwell I 12
Basilica Place 201
Dartmouth Homes 12
Kensett House Apartments 24
Md Avenue Llc 11
Burdol Lp 40
Maryland Management Company 195
Bennett House 29
Franklin Center 38
Oliver Plaza Development Corp. 45
Printers Square Apartments 60
Warwick Arms 228
Poppleton Place Apartments 123
Abundant Life Towers 99
Coel Grant Higgs Senior Apartments 58
Bon Secours Benet House 112
Pemberton Manor Apartments 8
Bon Secours Hollins Terrace 84
Bentalou Court 36
Lanvale Lp 38
Barclay Townhouses 91
Woodland Apartments I 24
1901 Hamburg Lp 1
Overlea Homes 12
Lester Morton Court 70
Baltimore Corporatio For Housing Partner 76
Lanvale Towers / Canal Courts 321
Belair Manor 6
Parkview At Taylor 100
St. James Terrace Apartments 151
St. Ambrose Housing 12
St. Lukes Place 125
West Hills Apartments 108
St. Francis Housing 24
Hunter's Crossing 168
Hartland Run Apartments 132
Reservoir Hill X 29
Baltimore Corp. For Housing Partnerships 38
Stafford Towers Apartments 96
Canterbury Apartments III 108
Rieman Block 27
Belvedere Green 94
Lakeview Properties 12
Jenkins/st. Joachim House Apartments 90
Charles North Housing 20
Druid House 98
Baltimore Voa Living Center 22
Ahepa 57
Lorelly Apartments 125
Monterey Apartments 15
Greenhill Housing Apartments 301
Beechfield Apartments 128
D 6
Bethany Communities Combined 102
Beaufort Crest 40
Marlborough Apartments 227
Greater Hamilton Homes 10
Lexington Terrace Townhomes 203
Ridgely's Delight 46
Reservoir Hill Lp 11
Walker-daniels House 23
Neighborhood Rental Services of Baltimor 22
Garrison Apartments 5
Wolfe Street Development 60
Orchard Gardens Apartments 198
Pratt Street Transitional House 35
Struever Bros. Eccles 44
Woodland Apartments III 18
Sentinel Courts Apartments 84
Broadway Homes 130
Brownlow-byron Homes Joseph Richey House 8
Waters Towers Apartments 204
Woodlawn Senior Housing 74
Stuart Hills Apartments 27
Fair Spring Senior Apartments 100
Mosher Court Apartments 64
Arbuta Arms II 189
Forest Park Senior Center 75
2700 Virginia Avenue Associates 102
Abundant Life Towers II 60
Uplands B 478
Johnston Square Apartments 218
Mount Clare Overlook 110
St. Stephen's Court 72
Glenmore Housing 8
Community Housing Associates 24
Neighborhood Rental Lp 17
Hanover Park Apartments 118
Enterprisse Social Investment Corp. 58
Hamilton Park Homes 10
N. M. Carroll Manor 100
Bon Secours At Liberty 140
Walker Avenue Cooperative Apartments 88
Lester Morton Ct 70
Warren McDonald Corporation 100
Woodbourne Woods 71
Division Street Housing Corp. 17
School 148 Development Corporation 34
Plymouth Homes 11
Medeso Manor Apartments 56
Harlem Gardens 96
Mlh Properties 15
Ruscombe Gardens 348
Baltimore Corporation For Housing Partne 44
Reznick Fedder
Hampton Falls 8
Hersch Lauren Lll 30
Sharp-leadenhall II 37
Community Building Group 53
Hode Realty 4
Fairfax Gardens Apartments 191
Christ Church Harbor 288
Renaissance At Reservoir Hill 64
Caring Lp 34
Struever Bros. Eccles 206
Plase Apartments 8
Bon Secours Smallwood 89
Bon Secours Chesapeake Apartments 29
Baltimore Corp For Housing 30
Greater New Hope Towers 80
Hillside Park 94
Volunteers of America Chesapeake Inc 106
Apostolic Towers 150
Don Miller Homes 10
Burnam Woods 180
St. Mary's Roland View Towers East/west 360
Advent Senior Hsng 20
Bon Secours Apartments II 30
Pall Mall Apartments 46
Walker Arms Apartments 167
Uplands A 501
Turner's Station 34
Southern High School Apartments 49
Woodland Apartments II 23
Community Housing Associates Inc 23
Housing Associates I 15
Lemko Community 110
The French Company 62
Hersch/lauren Llc 28
Foxwell Memorial Apartments 154
Baltimore Corp. For Housing Partnership 68
Chapel Ndp 198
Berea Apostolic Towers 101
Cloville Homes 22
Ascension Homes 20
Franklin Square School Apartments 65
Hanover Square 199
Kirkwood House 261
Arbor Oaks 212
Upton Courts Apartments 180
Barclay Greenmount 139
Chapel Green 63
Cherry Hill Senior Housing 80
Clare Court 30
Collington Commons 80
Concord Apartments 231
Pleasant View Gardens 311
Forrest Street Apartments 84
Edmondson Commons 74
Heritage Crossing 75
Cherrydale Apartments 187
Poe Homes 298
John Manley House 30
Micah House 34
Epiphany House 34
Gallagher Mansion 41
Venable Apts At Stadium Place 71
Venable Apartments II At Stadium Place 74
Ednor Apartments At Stadium Place 110
Harford House 27
Ednor Apartments II At Stadium Place 110
Bolton House Apartments 260
Moravia Park Drive 60
Monteverde Apartments 40
Oaks At Liberty 75
Orchard Ridge II 72
Orchard Ridge III 77
Orchard Ridge I 100
Penn North Plaza 66
Woodland Street Apartments 128
Poppleton Cooperative 96
Reservoir Hill 64
The Chateau 47
Riviera Apartments 54
Weinberg Woods 72
Albemarle Square I - Ph 93
Albemarle Square II - Tc 14
The Townes At The Terrraces 203
Har Sinai House 186
Weinberg Park 33
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Baltimore

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Baltimore, there are 120 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households. In addition, Housing Authority of Baltimore City provides 18,749 Section 8 rental vouchers in Baltimore.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Baltimore, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $43,350 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $26,000.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits


Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Baltimore is in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Baltimore is $86,700.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits


Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2,045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

In Section 8 Project Based apartment communities, the maximum rent a tenant may pay is set by the landlord and approved by HUD each year. Initially, the rent charged by the apartment property is limited to the FMR for the area. In some instances, HUD may approve an initial rent of up to 120% of the FMR for the area. Owners may request and HUD may approve annual contract rent increases based on an Annual Adjustment Factor (AAF) determined by local housing and utility costs changes Though contract rents are seldom exactly the same amount as the Fair Market Rent for the area and each Project Based apartment property will have its own contract rent, the FMR can be used as an approximate guide of what maximum contract rents might be.

The amount a Section 8 Project Based tenant will pay is 30% of their adjusted income.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the maximum amount the housing authority will pay a landlord is established each year for similar types and sizes of units and is called a Payment Standard. Each housing authority sets its own Payment Standard and usually sets the amount at between 90% and 110% of the Fair Market Rent for the area.

The amount a voucher holder pays for rent, often referred to as a Tenant Contribution, is equal to 30% of their income. If the rental the tenant selects has rent higher than the housing authority Payment Standard, a tenant may pay up to 40% of their income to make up the difference. At least initially, the tenant would not be allowed to pay more than 40% of their income and would have to find a different rental that has a qualifying rent amount.

In Baltimore, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $1,376 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Baltimore with a Section 8 voucher looking to rent a 3 bedroom apartment must find a rental that rents for about $1,769 per month (including the utility allowance). Any amount more than that, the voucher holder could pay the difference as long as they aren’t paying more than 40% of their income. (Note: These rent amounts are approximate since the housing authority’s Payment Standard is likely to be slightly different than HUD’s published FMR. These FMR’s should only be used as a guide. Check with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

$903 $1,097 $1,376 $1,769 $2,072

Fair Market Rent Percentage Change Since 1988

The affordable housing industry has long used the FMR as barometer for local rents. Though the geographic areas FMR’s are based on are broad and there are often wide variations in neighborhood rents throughout an MSA, in general, the FMR is one of the best quick tools one can use to judge housing costs in a place.

We took a look at historic FMR’s in Baltimore and found that they have risen an average of 3.55% year over year. The first year in our sample is 1985 when the two bedroom FMR was $446. That same 2 bedroom apartment rent had increased to $1251 by 2013. In 2003 the two bedroom FMR in Baltimore saw it’s largest single year increase going up by 22.67%.

It’s also interesting to look at the FMR compared to the Consumer Price Index’s housing index to understand how Baltimore rents have fluctuated in comparison to the rest of the Nation. The consumer price index grew an average of -0.89% year over year. The two bedroom FMR in Baltimore has grown faster than the CPI indicating faster than average rent growth in the market.

The largest single year of 2 bedroom FMR growth was in 2003 at 22.67% while the smallest year of growth was 2005 with a 4.62% decrease.




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