About Ellsworth Housing Authority

The Ellsworth Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Ellsworth, Maine.

The Ellsworth Housing Authority serves Ellsworth.

Ellsworth Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The MDI and Ellsworth Housing Authorities (MDIEHA) are currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The MDIEHA handles five housing authorities:
1. Bar Harbor offers two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and one family community.
2. Southwest Harbor offers two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.
3. Mount Desert offers one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.
4.Tremont offers one family community.
5. Ellsworth offers one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 207-288-4770 during normal office hours.
2. Visit the MDIEHA to pick up an application, located at P.O Box 28, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

Last Updated on 06/12/2015.


About the Ellsworth Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Ellsworth Housing Authority manages 346 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipPorted Out
Vouchers34114
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$473$335$1,114
Monthly Cost$161,262$335$4,455

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Ellsworth Housing Authority

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 13% having issued approximately 27 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $13,360 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 73% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

3% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Ellsworth Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 52% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 49% 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, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 Ellsworth Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $337 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $628. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $149.



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.