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Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority

322 Warren Street
Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio 44870

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of September 27th, 2020, Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Erie County, Ohio Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Erie County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Erie County, Ohio Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Erie County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Bayshore Tower, Efficiency and 1-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
3-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
2 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Community Plaza Closed

Open Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority 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.

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

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

COVID-19 Update: As of March 24, 2020, the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority website says:

"In response to the Ohio Department of Health’s Stay At Home Order, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority will be closed to the public. Contact with the agency can still be made by telephone, email, documentation drop-off in the drop box being located outside the office doors, or by postal mail."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Erie County, Ohio Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from February 3, 2020 at 9:00 am ET, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, in person applications are available at the EMHA Office, located at 322 Warren Street, Sandusky, OH 44870. The office hours of public operation are Mon-Fri between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (except legal holidays).

This waiting list has 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 is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, read the EMHA public notice, or visit the EMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the EMHA, and its website, as of January 30, 2020.

Service Area

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (419) 625-0262.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/04/2020.

Other Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Erie County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher 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 06/17/2020.

Closed: Bayshore Tower, Efficiency and 1-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Public Housing waiting list for Efficeincy and 1-Bedroom apartments at Bayshore Tower is currently closed. Applications were last accepted until July 13, 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 1 bedroom units."

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pick up an application from the EMHA main 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.

This waiting list may have had any of 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, as of July 7, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 07/13/2020.

Closed: 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing 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 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing 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 12/27/2019.

Closed: Community Plaza Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority (EMHA) Senior waiting list for apartments at Community Plaza is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on July 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the EMHA, "Applicants for this property must have a household member who is at least 62 years old."

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Pick up an application from the EMHA main 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.

This waiting list may have had any of 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, as of July 7, 2020.

Last Updated on 07/13/2020.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/27/2020, 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 940 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 Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 903 7 12 3 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $492 $465 $340 $615 $408
Monthly Cost $444,028 $3,254 $4,081 $1,844 $3,670

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