Harford County Housing Agency

15 South Main Street
Bel Air, Allegany County, Maryland 21014

Harford County Housing Agency is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of December 1st, 2021, Harford County Housing Agency has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Harford County Housing Agency serves Harford County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Harford County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Harford County Housing Agency Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Harford County Housing Agency Website: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/244/Housing-Community-Development.

Harford County Housing Agency Phone: (410) 638-3045.

Open Until Further Notice: Harford County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Harford County Housing Agency (HCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least November 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Live or work in Harford County
  • Family with dependent children?
  • At least one family member worked 32+ hours per week for the previous 12 months
  • Head/co-head/spouse elderly (62+) or disabled?
  • Veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran?
  • Experiencing homelessness
    • Living in a homeless shelter, institution (jail, nursing home, group home), living on the street, living with friends or relatives

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 person- $21,250 | 5 person- $32,750
  • 2 person- $24,250 | 6 person- $35,150
  • 3 person- $27,300|  7 person- $39,010
  • 4 person- $30,300 | 8 person- $43,430

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Harford County, Maryland.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (410) 638-3045.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/27/2020.

About Harford County Housing Agency

More information about Harford County Housing Agency can be found on its website at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/244/Housing-Community-Development.

Representatives of Harford County Housing Agency may be available by phone at (410) 638-3045. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/01/2021, it is not known if Harford County Housing Agency 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 Harford County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Harford County Housing Agency manages 919 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 873 5 23 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $690 $510 $965 $812
Monthly Cost $602,769 $2,552 $22,198 $10,553

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Harford County Housing Agency

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 14% having issued approximately 75 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 38 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $15,345 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 12% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 85% 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, 33% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 37% 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.

21% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 19% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

44% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 39% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Harford County Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 53% include at least one person with a disability. 77% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Harford County Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $369 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $842. 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.