About Wicomico Housing Authority

The Wicomico Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Salisbury, Maryland.

The Wicomico Housing Authority serves Wicomico County, Salisbury, Delmar, Fruitland, Pittsville, Hebron and Willards.

Wicomico Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Wicomico Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

The WHA offers three apartment communities with 277 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing you must stop by the WHA office to pick up an application, located at 911 Booth St., Salisbury, MD 21801, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The WHA does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Wicomico.

For more information, the WHA can be reached by calling 410-749-1383, during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Wicomico Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 04/13/2017.

Wicomico Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Wicomico Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May 2015 and there is no notice of when it will reopen.

To apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, applicants were required to stop by the WHA office to pick up an application, located at 911 Booth St., Salisbury, MD 21801, during normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Once the application was been completed, it could be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Please Note: If you mailed the application, it must have been postmarked by May 29, 2015.

This housing authority did have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Wicomico County.

For more information, the WHA can be reached by calling 410-749-1383 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/03/2017.


About the Wicomico Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Wicomico Housing Authority manages 199 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection
Vouchers 196 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $592 $569
Monthly Cost $116,038 $1,707

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wicomico Housing Authority

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 -1% having issued approximately -194 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 46 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $13,592 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 9% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

44% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

87% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 86% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wicomico Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 15% include at least one person with a disability. 20% 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

29% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 42% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Wicomico Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $347 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $620. 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.


Public Housing Operated by Wicomico Housing Authority

901 Booth St
Booth Street is a 112 unit low income housing apartment community in Salisbury.
521 Alabama Ave
Riverside Homes is a 75 unit low income housing apartment community in Salisbury.
7980 Farm House Dr
Scattered Site is a 90 unit low income housing apartment community in Hebron.
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Affordable Apartments near Wicomico Housing Authority

100 Foxfield Cir
Homes At Foxfield is a 112 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Salisbury. Rents at Homes At Foxfield are $529-880.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Salisbury.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
875 Victoria Park Dr
Victoria Park At Sassafras Meadows is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Salisbury. Rents at Victoria Park At Sassafras Meadows are $347-800.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Salisbury.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
555 West Rd
Westbrook Commons is a 96 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Salisbury.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Salisbury.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit