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Housing Authority of the City of Old Town

358 Main Street
Old Town, Penobscot County, Maine 4468

Housing Authority of the City of Old Town is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 22nd, 2020, Housing Authority of the City of Old Town has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the City of Old Town serves Old Town.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Maine Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of the City of Old Town Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Old Town Website: http://www.oldtownhousing.net/.

Housing Authority of the City of Old Town Phone: (207) 827-6151.

Open Until Further Notice: Maine Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

This housing authority participates in the Maine Centralized Section 8 HCV Waiting List, which is a partnership between all 24 housing authorities in Maine. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Selected applicants will be placed on the centralized waiting list, and will be under consideration for every participating housing authority.

The Maine Centralized Section 8 HCV Waiting List is currently open, from April 2013, until further notice.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Select the "HCV application" link under the Download section.
  3. Contact one of the participating housing authorities to request an application by mail. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be found here.
  4. Pick up a pre-application at the office of a participating housing authority. Address information for all participating housing authorities can be found here.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed, faxed or submitted in person to any participating housing authority. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: Disabled, elderly, family with minor children or dependents, where you live, veteran, displaced by natural or national disaster, chronically homeless, at where you work, non-subsidized, local full-time student, working, non-elderly or disabled single person family, Tedford Shelter resident. A full explanation of all preferences can be viewed here.

For more information, visit the website here, or contact a participating housing authority listed here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via one of the participating housing authorities listed here: http://mainesection8centralwaitlist.org/dup/?page_id=140.

Last Updated on 08/21/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Old Town (HACOT) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The HACOT offers two public housing communities for families and one public housing community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Download the application here, then print and complete.
2. Visit the HACOT to pick up an application, located at 358 Main St., P.O. Box 404, Old Town, ME 04468, during normal office hours.

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

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

The HACOT does not have a preference: Your application is placed by date and time received.

More information can be found by visiting the HACOT website at http://www.oldtownhousing.net/, or by calling 207-827-6151 during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (207)827-6151.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/12/2015.

About Housing Authority of the City of Old Town

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Old Town can be found on its website at http://www.oldtownhousing.net/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Old Town may be available by phone at (207) 827-6151. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/22/2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Old Town is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Old Town Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Old Town manages 193 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 174 4 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $465 $635 $634
Monthly Cost $80,947 $2,540 $9,517

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Old Town

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 18% having issued approximately 11 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $12,662 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 81% 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, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

32% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

9% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Old Town Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 61% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

47% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 City of Old Town voucher holders in 2016 was $312 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $582. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $90.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of the City of Old Town

Marsh Island Apartments

345 Main St
Old Town, Maine
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
Subsidized
62+

Whim Station Apartments, Phase II

10, 20 Whistle Way
Old Town, Maine
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Low Income Housing Managed by Housing Authority of the City of Old Town

Bickmore Manor

336 Main St
Old Town, Maine
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

Penobscot Terrace

352 Main St
Old Town, Maine
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

Dow Apartments III

10 Rue Boulanger
Old Town, Maine
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
Subsidized
62+