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Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority

815 North Sixth Street
Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio 43952

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Steubenville, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of March 31st, 2020, Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Jefferson County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Jefferson County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Jefferson County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.jeffersonmha.org/.

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (740) 282-0994.

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

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority (JMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least November, 2019, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Open and print the application online here. Select the "Section 8 Application" link.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority
815 North Sixth Avenue
Steubenville, OH 43952

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Natural Disaster
  • Government Action
  • Victim of Domestic Violence
  • HUD Disposition
  • 50% Of Income
  • Veteran or Veteran Family
  • Local Resident - Live/Work in Jefferson County
  • Elderly (62 and older)
  • Handicap/Disabled
  • JMHA Current Resident for 12 months or longer in good standing
  • Homeless

For more information, visit the JMHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Jefferson 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 (740) 282-0994.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/20/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority (JMHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least November, 2019, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Open and print the application online here. Select the "Public Housing Application" link.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority
815 North Sixth Avenue
Steubenville, OH 43952

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Natural Disaster
  • Government Action
  • Victim of Domestic Violence
  • HUD Disposition
  • 50% Of Income
  • Veteran or Veteran Family
  • Local Resident - Live/Work in Jefferson County
  • Elderly (62 and older)
  • Handicap/Disabled
  • JMHA Current Resident for 12 months or longer in good standing
  • Homeless

For more information, visit the JMHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Steubenville, Tiltonsville, Toronto, and Yorkville, Ohio. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (740) 282-0994.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/20/2019.

About Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (740) 282-0994. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/31/2020, it is not known if Jefferson 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 Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 589 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 Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 408 1 180
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $445 $1,541 $383
Monthly Cost $181,440 $1,541 $68,858

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Jefferson 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 13% having issued approximately 46 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $11,138 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% 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, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 30% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

36% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

33% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 32% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 48% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 56% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $307 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $501. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $237.



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 Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority

John F Kennedy Apartments

815 N 6th Ave
Steubenville, Ohio

Michael Myers Terrace

425 N 5th St
Toronto, Ohio

Earl F Rodgers Plaza

423 S 5th St
Steubenville, Ohio