Baltimore County Office of Housing is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs.
Baltimore County Office of Housing serves Baltimore County.
|Baltimore County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
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.
Baltimore County Office of Housing Website: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/housing/.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Baltimore County Office of Housing (BCOH) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in July, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.
This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work or have been hired to work in Baltimore County.
Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received. Applicants placed on the waiting list will receive a notice from the BCOH.
For more information, visit the BCOH website, or call the office at (410) 887-2766.
Last Updated on 07/19/2018.
How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List
The Baltimore County Office of Housing (BCOH) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in July, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
For more information, visit the BCOH website here.
Last Updated on 01/24/2019.
More information about Baltimore County Office of Housing can be found on its website at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/housing/.
As of 10/23/2020, it is not known if Baltimore County Office of Housing 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Baltimore County Office of Housing manages 4,891 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||Family Unification||Ported Out||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$945||$1,168||$1,049||$818||$861|
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.
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.
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 Office of Housing 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.
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.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Baltimore County Office of Housing 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.