About City of Westminster Housing Office

The City of Westminster Housing Office is a Section 8 public housing agency in Westminster, Maryland.

The City of Westminster Housing Office serves Westminster.


About the City of Westminster Housing Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the City of Westminster Housing Office manages 261 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Ported Out
Vouchers 255 3 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $609 $597 $951
Monthly Cost $155,390 $1,792 $2,854

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Westminster 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 15% having issued approximately 17 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 10 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 $15,144 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% 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

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 35% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

33% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 65% of all households were headed by a female.

22% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 14% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Westminster Housing Office Housing Choice Voucher program, 42% include at least one person with a disability. 67% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 83% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

50% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 22% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 City of Westminster Housing Office voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $804. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $147.



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.


Affordable Apartments near City of Westminster Housing Office

225 Frock Drive
Sunnybrook Senior Apartments is a 150 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Westminster.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Westminster.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
30 Locust St
Locust House Apartments is a 99 unit low income housing apartment community in Westminster.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
101 Timber Ridge Dr
Ridge Residences is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Westminster.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units