Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority

10 Hope Drive
Athens, Athens County, Ohio 45701

Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 19th, 2021, Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Athens.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.athensmha.org/.

Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (740) 592-4481.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The AMHA offers one family public housing community with 44 units ranging in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms, one community for elderly/disabled individuals, and 27 single family homes scattered throughout Athens, ranging in size from 3 to 4 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the AMHA office to pick up an application, located at 10 Hope Dr., Athens, OH 45701 during normal office hours.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 740-592-4481.
3. Download an application here, then print and complete.

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

The AMHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, employed, live and/or work in Athens, rent burden, displaced by natural disaster, victim of a hate crime, victim of domestic violence, substandard living conditions, displaced by government action.

More information can be found by visiting the AMHA website at http://www.athensmha.org/, or by calling 740-592-4481 during normal office hours.
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (740)592-4481.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/01/2015.

About Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority

More information about Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.athensmha.org/.

Representatives of Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (740) 592-4481. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/19/2021, it is not known if Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority 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 Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 797 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 655 11 3 29 99
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $380 $352 $402 $355 $403
Monthly Cost $248,894 $3,869 $1,206 $10,306 $39,849

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Athens Metropolitan 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 15% having issued approximately 53 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $10,382 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 8% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 85% 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, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

22% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 19% of households with children have a female head of household. 61% of all households were headed by a female.

4% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 54% include at least one person with a disability. 82% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 87% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 47% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 48% 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 Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $268 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $465. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $132.



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 Apartments Operated by Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority

Hope Drive Apartments

101 Hope Dr
Athens, Ohio

Scattered Sites

33 E 3rd St
The Plains, Ohio