About Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency

The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Muscatine, Iowa.

The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency serves Muscatine.

Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Muscatine County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency covers the County of Muscatine, IA.
The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency (MMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on November 1, 2016 at 8:00 am CT, and is open indefinitely. It was last open from February 2015 until May 2015.

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 application online here.
  2. Pick up an application at the MMHA office in Muscatine City Hall, located at 215 Sycamore St, Muscatine, IA 52761, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm; and from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.
Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the address above.

Copies of the following documents are required of all household members: Birth certificate, Social Security Card.


This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from the HCV program due to insufficient funding; displaced due to government action, natural disaster, or uninhabitable property as a result of actions by the present occupants of the property; elderly; disabled; families with children who have legal domicile in Muscatine County; working or have been hired to work in Muscatine County. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, read the MMHA public notice, visit the MMHA website, or call the office at (563) 264-1554.

Last Updated on 11/01/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency (MMHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The MMHA offers two Public Housing communities with 150 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the MMHA to pick up a pre-application, located at City Hall – 215 Sycamore Street - Muscatine, IA 52761 during normal office hours.
  2. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the MMHA website, or call the office at (563) 264-1554 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 08/21/2015.


About the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency manages 321 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 314 4 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $419 $546 $510
Monthly Cost $131,623 $2,182 $1,529

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency

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 11% having issued approximately 30 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 11 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 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,607 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

8% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% 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.

42% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

22% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 51% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $317 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $465. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $146.



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.