Maryland Public Housing Waiting Lists

Housing Authority Wait List
Housing Authority of the City of AnnapolisNot Open
Housing Authority of Baltimore CityOpen
Housing Authority of the City of FrederickOpen
Housing Authority of the City of CumberlandOpen
Hagerstown Housing AuthorityOpen
Housing Authority of the City of FrostburgOpen
Housing Authority of CrisfieldOpen
Housing Authority of CambridgeOpen
Havre De Grace Housing AuthorityOpen
St. Michaels Housing AuthorityNot Open
Wicomico County Housing AuthorityOpen
Elkton Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Commisson of Anne Arundel CountyOpen
Housing Authority of the Town of EastonNot Open
Housing Authority of St. MaryNot Open
Housing Authority of Calvert CountyNot Open
Howard County Housing CommissionNot Open
Housing Authority of Washington CountyOpen
Housing Authority of Allegany CountyNot Open
Queen Anne's County Housing AuthorityOpen
Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery CountyOpen
Rockville Housing EnterprisesOpen
Glenarden Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Authority of Prince Georges CountyNot Open
College Park Housing AuthorityNot Open

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About Public Housing

Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.

The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.

Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.

In Maryland, 25 Public Housing Authorities operate 19,178 public housing rental units in 156 apartment buildings or communities.

Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.

In Maryland, out of 25 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 11 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 14 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.