About Housing Authority of the County of Merced

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Merced, California.

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced serves Merced, Los Banos, Delhi, Livingston, Planada, Le Grand, Gustine, Atwater and Dos Palos.

Housing Authority of the County of Merced Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of the County of Merced Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced (HACM) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

Please note: 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.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here
  2. Visit the HACM office to pick up a pre-application, located at 405 U Street, Merced, CA 95341, from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm PT, Monday-Thursday.
Please note: The HACM does not identify on its website how to submit the pre-application. We have contacted the office for clarification, and will update this page when more information becomes available. Contact the office for more information on how to submit the pre-application.

The HACM has identified the following preferences: Independent living skills program; homeless; veteran; involuntarily displaced; live, work or have been hired to work in Merced County, elderly/disabled. Further explanation of each preference can be found on the pre-application.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information. 

Applicants must update pre-application information through the Applicant Portal.

For more information, visit the HACM web page here, or call (209) 722-3501.

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in February 2016, and prior to that for one day in March 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: 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.

In 2016, the waiting list closed within an hour and a half of its opening. The HACM only accepted the first 1,000 pre-applications.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. Computers, smart phones and tablets may have been used to access the pre-application. No phone, fax, email or in person requests for a pre-application were accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Independent living skills program, homeless, veteran, involuntarily displaced, resident, elderly, disabled.

Applicants will receive an email within 30-45 days of submitting the pre-application notifying them if they have been 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. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HACM web page here, or call (209) 722-3501.

Last Updated on 08/31/2016.

Public Housing Waitlist: Closed

The Housing Authority of Merced is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
Scattered Sites 88/100 11/17/2014
Scattered Sites 96/100 11/24/2014
Gateway Homes 94/100 12/15/2014

Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of the County of Merced

736 Abby Cir
Scattered Sites is a 122 unit low income housing apartment community in Los Banos.
401 George Dr
Gateway Homes is a 176 unit low income housing apartment community in Merced.
1025 Cameo Ct
Scattered Sites is a 117 unit low income housing apartment community in Atwater.
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Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of the County of Merced

777 Loughborough Dr
Laurel Glen is a 128 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Merced. Rents at Laurel Glen are $583-714.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Merced.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
290 Q St
Merced Commons I is a 76 unit low income housing apartment community in Merced.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
1296 W 1st St
Childs Avenue Apartments is a 27 unit low income housing apartment community in Merced.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Merced.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit