About Baltimore County Housing Office

The Baltimore County Housing Office is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Baltimore County Housing Office serves Baltimore city, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Catonsville, Lansdowne, Towson, Reisterstown, Randallstown, Dundalk, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Essex, Timonium, Rosedale, Cockeysville and Middle River.

Baltimore County Housing Office Waiting Lists

Baltimore County Housing Office Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Baltimore County Housing Office (BCHO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


To apply, download and print the online application here.


Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to:


Baltimore County Housing Office

6401 York Road, First Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21212


Applicants who need English language assistance can call the BCHO at (410) 853-8900, or visit the office at the address listed above.


This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work or have been hired to work in Baltimore County.


Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received. Applicants placed on the waiting list will receive a notice from the BCHO.


According to the BCHO, the average wait time for assistance is 9 years after submitting the application.


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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, visit the BCHO website, or call the office at (410) 853-8990.

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.

More information about Baltimore County Housing Office can be found on its website at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/housing/.

About the Baltimore County Housing Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Baltimore County Housing Office manages 5,353 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 4,627 173 261 137
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $887 $1,083 $748 $786
Monthly Cost $4,105,477 $187,342 $195,133 $107,715

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Baltimore County Housing Office

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 7% having issued approximately 854 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $15,836 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% 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 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

42% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 69% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Baltimore County Housing Office Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 72% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 35% 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 Baltimore County Housing Office voucher holders in 2016 was $418 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,099. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $135.

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.