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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Prince Georges County, Maryland 20706

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Family Self-Sufficiency, Homeownership, and Section 8 HCV Money Follows the Person (MFP) programs.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development serves Allegany County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Kent County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Wicomico County and Worcester County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Frederick County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Allegany County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Garrett County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Waiting Lists

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.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Website: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/pages/default.aspx.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Phone: (301) 429-7775.

Closed: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester County is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from November 2, 2020, until November 30, 2020. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Local Residency Preference-Applicants that live or work in the jurisdiction.
  • State Bridge Program Preference- Clients after 3 years of temporary assistance or after 5 years of temporary assistance (depending on length of Bridge subsidy).
  • HOPWA Preference- For continuation of assisted clients if HOPWA rental assistance isn’t available.
  • State Section 811 Supportive Housing Preference-Applicants on the HCV waiting that meet the selection criteria for the State Section 811 program.
  • State Section 811 VAWA Preference- Victims of domestic violence where the perpetrator is the qualifying Section 811 household member and has since been terminated.
  • Housing First Preference-Supportive housing model that emphasizes permanent supportive housing to end homelessness.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)/move up preference-Pilot initiative for households living in PSH funded units in need of rental assistance but no longer require the level of services associated with PSH units.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MDHCD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MDHCD public notice, as of October 21, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester County, Maryland.

Last Updated on 11/30/2020.

Closed: Frederick County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Frederick County is currently closed. It was last open for one week in January, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHCD website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 10/20/2020.

Closed: Allegany County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Allegany County is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHCD website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 10/20/2020.

Closed: Garrett County, Maryland Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Garrett County is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the DHCD website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 10/20/2020.

About Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

More information about Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development can be found on its website at https://dhcd.maryland.gov/pages/default.aspx.

Representatives of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development may be available by phone at (301) 429-7775. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/03/2020, it is not known if Maryland Department of 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 Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development manages 2,244 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,914 94 3 69 150 11
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $666 $916 $432 $1,008 $577 $654
Monthly Cost $1,275,266 $86,114 $1,296 $69,536 $86,538 $7,198

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Maryland Department of 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 9% having issued approximately 248 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 49 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,738 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

51% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

51% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 49% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 63% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development voucher holders in 2016 was $376 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $803. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $193.



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.