Housing Authority of Baltimore City is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Public Housing Homeownership, Family Self-Sufficiency, Moving to Work, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Mainstream Voucher programs.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City serves Baltimore.
|Baltimore, 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.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City Website: https://www.habc.org/.
COVID-19 Update: As of April 13, 2020, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City website says:
"Due to the ongoing public health emergency, HABC will remain closed to the public until May 1st."
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nine days in October 2014, and before that in 2003. 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.
In the first hour of the 2014 opening, the HABC received more than 10,000 applications. The first full day of applications saw 42,000 total applications. It is estimatde that for the opening as a whole, the HABC received more than 60,000 applications.
About 25,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.
Applicants who have been selected on the waiting list were notified in writing by March 1, 2015.
Last Updated on 04/17/2019.
How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.
Last Updated on 04/17/2019.
How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on December 19, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
There were three ways to apply during the opening period:
This waiting list had the following preferences:
Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.
This waiting list is for rental assistance in Baltimore, Maryland. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.
Last Updated on 12/19/2019.
More information about Housing Authority of Baltimore City can be found on its website at https://www.habc.org/.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Baltimore City manages 17,195 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||Homeownership||Family Unification||Tenant Protection||Moving To Work||Ported Out||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled||Litigation|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$1,459||$575||$1,181||$827||$888||$1,090||$649||$791||$1,349|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 1,625 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 6 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,673 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% of households had wages as a major source of income, 10% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.
49% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.
96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 95% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Baltimore City Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 39% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% 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 Housing Authority of Baltimore City voucher holders in 2016 was $362 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $966. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $169.
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.