Maine State Housing Authority

353 Water Street
Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine 4330

Maine State Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Augusta, Maine that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Maine State Housing Authority serves Maine but does not serve Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Bath, Brewer, Caribou, Ellsworth, Fort Fairfield, Lewiston, Mount Desert, Old Town, Portland, Saco, Sanford, Scarborough, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Van Buren and Westbrook.

Open Until Further Notice: Maine Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

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 06/05/2019.

About Maine State Housing Authority

More information about Maine State Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.mainehousing.org/. Representatives of Maine State Housing Authority may be available by phone at (207) 626-4600. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/19/2019, it is not known if Maine State Housing Authority 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 Maine State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Maine State Housing Authority manages 3,551 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 2,643 39 91 31 387 115 233
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $612 $498 $739 $557 $574 $460 $487
Monthly Cost $1,617,108 $19,439 $67,223 $17,282 $222,015 $52,895 $113,413

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.


Apartment Communities managed by Maine State Housing Authority

Penobscot River House

120 Main Street
Old Town, ME
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
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