Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

1627 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio 45214

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of September 16th, 2019, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Asset Management Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Hamilton County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Asset Management Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Hamilton County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the CMHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here, and follow the instructions in the slideshow for an open waiting list.

For more information, visit the CMHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (513) 721-4580.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 05/15/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Asset Management Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Asset Management waiting list is currently open, since at least March, 2016, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: The CMHA's name for the Public Housing program is the Asset Management program.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the "CMHA Leasing Application" link in the "Getting Started" section.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the CMHA leasing office, located at 1088 W Liberty St, Cincinnati, OH 45214, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

The following documentation is required when submitting the application: 

  1. Picture ID
  2. Birth certificates for each household member
  3. Social Security cards or proof of legal U.S. status for each household member
  4. Proof of household income (paycheck stubs, SS/SSI verification letter)
  5. Current police background checks for all household members age 18 and over
  6. Current landlord information: name, address and telephone number
  7. Proof of all household assets (bank statements, real estate deeds, etc.)

The CMHA may have preferences for a specific property.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the CMHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (513) 721-4580.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/02/2019.

Other Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Hamilton County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 09/12/2019.

About Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

More information about Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://cintimha.com/. Representatives of Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (513) 721-4580. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/09/2019, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

For more information, call the Cincinnati VA at (513) 977-6800.

Mainstream Voucher Program

For more information on the Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) voucher program, contact the Ohio Department of Medicaid at (614) 752-4014, or James.Gibson@medicaid.ohio.gov.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 11,137 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
Vouchers 10,548 30 62 65 351 81
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $552 $549 $512 $736 $377 $382
Monthly Cost $5,820,316 $16,469 $31,746 $47,823 $132,373 $30,948

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Cincinnati 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 8% having issued approximately 1,389 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 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 2.6 persons and has a household income of $11,780 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 66% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 11% 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.

58% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 89% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 43% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $312 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $628. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $169.



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.


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