Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County is a public housing agency in Kensington, Maryland that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 21st, 2019, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.
Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County serves Montgomery County.
|Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Housing Choice Voucher||Open Indefinitely|
|Public Housing||Open Indefinitely|
The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOCMC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently open. They opened on July 30, 2015 for senior (62+) and disabled households, and on August 24, 2015 for general families. These waiting lists are open indefinitely.
To apply, complete the online pre-application here. The pre-application is available online only. Any electronic device with Internet access can be used to submit a pre-application.
The following documentation is required of the applicant: Email address, mailing address, phone number.
The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Name, date of birth, all income.
This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action; live, work or hired to work in Montgomery County, 2006 Main Stream Disabled program, veteran, history of homelessness.
Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.
For more information, visit the HOCMC website; call the Wait List Hotline at (240) 627-9800, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm EDT, Monday-Friday.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (240) 627-9400.
Last Updated on 06/28/2018.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (240)627-9400.
Last Updated on 12/21/2015.
More information about Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County can be found on its website at http://www.hocmc.org/.
As of 05/21/2019, it is not known if Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery 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.
As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County manages 7,676 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:
|Standard||Homeownership||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$1,146||$661||$1,081||$567||$992||$1,056|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 8% having issued approximately 878 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 43 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $18,561 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 54% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
46% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.
84% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 67% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 44% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County voucher holders in 2016 was $516 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,293. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $200.
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.