Harford County Housing and Community Development

15 South Main Street
Bel Air, Allegany County, Maryland 21014
(410) 638-3045

Harford County Housing and Community Development is a public housing agency in Bel Air, Maryland that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of May 20th, 2019, Harford County Housing and Community Development has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Harford County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Harford County Housing and Community Development serves Harford County.

Waiting List Statuses
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Harford County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely

Open Harford County Housing and Community Development Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Harford County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Harford County Housing and Community Development (HCHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open indefinitely.

To apply, complete the online application here. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library.

Income limit information can be found in the link above.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in Harford County, family with dependent children, working 32+ hours per week for the last 12 months, elderly, disabled, veteran or spouse of veteran, homeless.

For more information, visit the HCHCD website, or call the office at (410) 638-3045.

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 01/10/2018.

About Harford County Housing and Community Development

More information about Harford County Housing and Community Development can be found on its website at http://www.harfordhousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/20/2019, it is not known if Harford County Housing and Community Development 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 and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Harford County Housing and Community Development manages 872 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 821 7 26 11
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $697 $621 $996 $751
Monthly Cost $571,953 $4,344 $25,897 $8,265

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Harford County Housing and Community Development

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 and Community Development 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 and Community Development 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.