About Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Painesville, Ohio.

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Lake County, Painesville, Madison, Willoughby and Willoughby Hills.

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The LMHA offers two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and one family community community with 70 units ranging in size from 2 to 4 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the LMHA to pick up an application, located at 189 First St., Painesville, OH 44077, between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 440-354-3347 between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

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

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the LMHA website at http://www.lakehousing.org/, or by calling 440-354-3347 between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Last Updated on 04/07/2017.

Lake County, OH Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

Please note: The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority covers Lake County, OH.

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in July 2016, and prior to that for nearly a week in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Pick up an application at the LMHA Administrative Office.
  3. Pick up an application at a Lake County, OH public library.
Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed by July 27, 2016. In person, faxed or emailed applications were not accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of domestic violence, living in subsidized housing, live or employed in Lake County, employed outside Lake County, veteran or widow of veteran, elderly, disabled.

750 applicants were placed on the waiting list.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Persons on the waiting list must submit this form to update application information.

For more information, read the LMHA public notice, visit the LMHA website, or call the office at (440) 354-3347.

Last Updated on 08/29/2016.

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


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 1,432 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,358 7 22 15 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $518 $380 $631 $398 $880
Monthly Cost $703,701 $2,658 $13,871 $5,966 $13,193

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lake 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 112 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 1 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 2.3 persons and has a household income of $12,549 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

47% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

40% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 35% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 42% 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

18% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $325 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $601. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $86.



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.