Housing Authority of the County of Merced

405 U Street
Merced, Merced County, California
(209) 722-3501

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.

As of April 5th, 2016 we have confirmed Housing Authority of the County of Merced has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The Housing Authority of the County of Merced serves Merced County, 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 Project Based Voucher 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.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here
  2. Pick up an application at the HACM office, located at 405 U Street, Merced, CA 95341, from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm PT, Monday-Thursday.
  3. Pick up an application at Midway Apartments, located at 21227 S Reynolds Avenue, Dos Palos, CA 93620.
  4. Pick up an application at the Central Valley Coalition Office, located at 3351 M Street, Suite 100, Merced, CA 95348.

It is not known how to submit the pre-application, but applicants must attach a self-address stamped envelope to the pre-application. We have contacted the office for clarification, and will update this page when more information becomes available. Contact the HACM office for more information on how to submit the pre-application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Independent living skills program; homeless; veteran; involuntarily displaced; live, work or have been hired to work in Merced County, elderly/disabled. The Midway Complex waiting list has additional preferences for active, retired and disabled farm labor households. Further explanation of each preference can be found on the pre-application.

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

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


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/20/2017.

Merced County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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.

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.

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

This waiting list had 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.

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

Last Updated on 06/20/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Merced can be found on its website at http://www.merced-pha.com/.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Merced Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Merced manages 2,661 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

StandardFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers2,5622011760
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$535$642$479$631$444
Monthly Cost$1,370,802$12,839$479$10,722$26,662

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Merced

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 8% having issued approximately 344 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3.2 persons and has a household income of $14,182 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 21% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 48% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

62% of households included children, 18% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

80% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 19% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Merced Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 81% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

21% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 47% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the County of Merced voucher holders in 2016 was $392 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $658. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $127.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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