Housing Authority of Washington County

319 East Antietam Street, 2nd Floor
Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland 21740

Housing Authority of Washington County is a Public Housing Agency in Hagerstown, Maryland that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of September 18th, 2019, Housing Authority of Washington County has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Housing Authority of Washington County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of Washington County serves Washington County but does not serve Hagerstown.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of Washington County Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of Washington County Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Housing Authority of Washington County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

To apply, visit the HAWC office to complete a pre-application, located at 319 East Antietam Street, 2nd Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21741, from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Thursday; and from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm on Fridays.

The following preferences have been identified: Victims of domestic violence, elderly, working for more than 20 hours a week, enrolled in an educational or job training program, rent burden, veteran, homeless, substandard housing, or living and/or working in Washington County.

For more information, visit the HAWC website, or call the office at (301) 791-3168 from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; and from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm on Fridays.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 3017913168.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/20/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) is currently accepting Scattered-Site waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The HAWC offers six apartment communities for senior/disabled households, and 24 Scattered-Site communities for families.

To apply, visit the HAWC office to complete a pre-application, located at 319 East Antietam Street, 2nd Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21741, from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Thursday; and from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm on Fridays.

The following preferences have been identified: Victims of domestic violence, elderly, working for more than 20 hours a week, enrolled in an educational or job training program, rent burden, veteran, homeless, substandard housing, or living and/or working in Washington County.

For more information, visit the HAWC website, or call the office at (301) 791-3168 from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; and from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm on Fridays.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 3017913168.

Last Updated on 01/30/2018.

About Housing Authority of Washington County

More information about Housing Authority of Washington County can be found on its website at http://www.hawcmd.org/. Representatives of Housing Authority of Washington County may be available by phone at (301) 791-3168. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/18/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of Washington County 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 Housing Authority of Washington County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Washington County manages 586 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 574 5 2 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $520 $602 $1,629 $555
Monthly Cost $298,526 $3,009 $3,257 $2,775

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Washington County

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 12% having issued approximately 48 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 27 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $15,159 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 81% 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, 28% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 52% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 8% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

22% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 18% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

10% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 7% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Washington County Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 34% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

51% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 26% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Housing Authority of Washington County voucher holders in 2016 was $357 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $632. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $157.



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.