Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority

322 Warren Street
Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio 44870

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs.

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Erie County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Erie County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Closed
3-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
2-Bedroom Scattered Sites Public Housing Closed
4-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Community Plaza Senior Public Housing Closed
Bayshore Towers 55+ Senior Public Housing Closed

Other Erie 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.

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.eriemetrohousing.org/.

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (419) 625-0262.

Closed: Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Mainstream Section 8 Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 3, 2020, until April 4, 2021.  There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the EMHA, "A family member on the application must be between the ages of 18-61 and disabled, AND the applicant family must be either homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless), be institutionalized (or at risk of becoming institutionalized), or have previously experienced homelessness and currently in permanent support housing or rapid rehousing project."

To apply during the opening period, in person applications were available at the EMHA Office.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Non-Elderly Disabled 
  • Institutionalized (or at risk of) 
  • Homeless (or at risk of) 
  • Previously Homeless and currently in permanent supportive housing/rapid rehousing project.

It was not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA on April 9, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Erie County, Ohio.

Last Updated on 04/15/2021.

Closed: Erie County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 8, 2020, until June 12, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pick up a paper application from the EMHA.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the EMHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA, and its website, as of June 3, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Erie County, Ohio.

Last Updated on 12/06/2020.

Closed: 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) waiting list for 3-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 2, 2020, until January 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pick up an application from the main office of Erie MHA.

Completing the online application was encouraged by the EMHA.

Once the paper application was completed, it must have been returned to the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority office.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Veteran
  • Displaced by government action
  • Working/disabled
  • Victim of domestic violence

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA, and its website, as of December 26, 2019.

Last Updated on 07/01/2020.

Closed: 2-Bedroom Scattered Sites Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Public Housing waiting list for 2-Bedroom apartments at Scattered Sites is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 26, 2020, until November 9, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the EMHA, "Only applicants who are 55 yrs. and over and/or have a documented disability are eligible to apply for Bayshore Towers."

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Pick up an application at Erie MHA office.

Completing the online application was encouraged by the EMHA.

Once the paper application was  completed, it must have been returned to the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority office.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA on October 22, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Sandusky, Ohio. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 11/09/2020.

Closed: 4-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) waiting list for 2 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the EMHA website, as of December 26, 2019.

Last Updated on 10/27/2020.

Closed: Community Plaza Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Senior (62+) Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Community Plaza is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 8, 2021 until April 6, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pick up an application at Erie MHA office.

Once the paper application was completed, it was returned to the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority office drop box.

There were preferences, and they were listed on the application.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA on March 5, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Sandusky, Ohio. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 04/06/2021.

Closed: Bayshore Towers 55+ Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) (55+) Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Bayshore Towers is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 8, 2021 until April 6, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the EMHA, "Only applicants who are 55 yrs. and over and/or have a documented disability are eligible to apply for Bayshore Towers."

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Pick up an application at Erie MHA office.

Once the paper application was  completed, it must have been returned to the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority office drop box.

There were preferences, and they were listed on the application.

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA on October 22, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Sandusky, Ohio. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 04/06/2021.

About Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (419) 625-0262. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 10/17/2021, it is not known if Erie 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 Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 924 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 886 6 4 11 2 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $488 $430 $475 $330 $697 $419
Monthly Cost $432,747 $2,578 $1,900 $3,633 $1,394 $3,773

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Erie 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 12% having issued approximately 76 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 26 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $11,398 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 48% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

9% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% 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.

54% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

62% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 58% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% 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. 72% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 43% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $307 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $519. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $154.



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 Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority

Bay Shore Towers

128 Perry St
Sandusky, Ohio

Erie Estates

514 Dewey St
Sandusky, Ohio