About Maine State Housing Authority

The Maine State Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Augusta, Maine.

The Maine State Housing Authority serves the State of Maine.

The Maine State Housing Authority participates in the Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List, which serves various areas in the State of Maine. A list of all participating housing authorities can be viewed here.

Maine State Housing Authority Waiting Lists

State of Maine Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Maine Centralized Section 8/HCV Waiting List (MCS8/HCVWL) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher applications. This waiting list opened in April 2013, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: Only one application will be accepted, and applicants do not need to apply more than once. 

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Download and print the online application online here.
  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 an application at the office of a participating housing authority. Contact information for all participating housing authorities can be found here.

The centralized waiting list has the following preferences: Disabled; elderly; family with minor children or dependents; Maine resident; veteran; displaced by natural or national disaster; chronically homeless; work in Maine; currently not receiving housing assistance; full-time student attending school in Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester, Poland, Waterville, Winslow, Sidney, Oakland, or Turner; employed; non-elderly or disabled single person family; Tedford Shelter resident; paying more than 30% of income for rent; paying more than 50% of income for rent; retired from working in Waterville, Winslow, Sidney, or Oakland; family of two or more persons; serviceman or family of deceased veteran whose death was service related; displaced by municipal development in the City of Lewiston; displaced by domestic violence or living with a person who engages in domestic violence and lives or works in Androscoggin County.

Once the paper 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 found here.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences. Participating housing authorities will select applicants based on their own preferences.

For more information, visit the MCS8/HCVWL website, or contact any of the participating housing authorities.

Last Updated on 07/26/2017.


About the Maine State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Maine State Housing Authority manages 3,883 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,774 47 94 45 543 104 256
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $590 $488 $753 $489 $560 $449 $470
Monthly Cost $1,637,637 $22,918 $70,813 $22,014 $303,891 $46,733 $120,369

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Maine State 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 15% having issued approximately 223 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $11,387 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 15% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 75% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

40% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

5% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Maine State Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 36% include at least one person with a disability. 58% 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

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Maine State Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $283 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $631. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $114.



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.