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Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority

189 First Street
Painesville, Lake County, Ohio 44077

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of June 16th, 2021, Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Lake County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Lake County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed
RAD Multifamily Unknown

Open Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to 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.

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: https://www.lakehousing.org/.

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (440) 354-3347.

COVID-19 Update: As of November 24, 2020, the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority has stated:

"Due to the continued surge of COVID-19, Lake MHA is taking precautions to help minimize the amount of people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to help slow the threat of the virus by following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Lake MHA will be closing its offices to the public effective Monday, November 30, 2020. Our intent is to reopen the office Monday, January 4, 20201. However, this date may be subject to change based on new developments regarding COVID-19.

Upon the recommendation of the Lake County General Health District, this decision is in the best interest of all tenants, staff, and our community.

Public Housing/Multifamily work Orders: All non-emergency work orders, other than those pertaining to the exterior of your unit, will be put on hold during this time and addressed when we reopen. Please continue to call the office at 440-353-3347 for any emergency work orders.

Housing Choice Voucher HQS Inspections: All routine/annual unit inspections will continue to be put on hold until further notice. We will continue inspection of vacant units for lease-up. Other inspections may be conducted on a case-by-base basis.

While the office will be closed to program participants and visitors, you may still reach your case worker and other office staff by email or phone. We will accommodate emergency situations by appointment only.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we hope to be able to see you soon!"

Open Soon: Lake County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted from June 16, 2021 at 8:00 am, until June 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available here.

The maximum income limits for each household size are available here.

Application instructions can be found here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Family Unification Program Youth whose FUP voucher is expiring and will have a lack of adequate housing as a result of voucher expiration. (16 points)
  • Families who are currently living in non-subsidized housing. (4 points)
  • Residency preference: families who live, work, or have been hired to work in Lake County, Ohio. (3 points)
  • Families or persons who are 62 years of age or over or are considered disabled under federal law. (3 points)
  • Families who are employed, outside of Lake County, Ohio. (2 points)
  • Veteran preference: except as provided in any contract for financial assistance with the federal government in the selection of tenants for housing projects, Lake MHA shall give preference, as among applicants equal in need and eligible for occupancy of the dwelling and at the rent involved, to families of honorably discharged veterans and active servicemen, including families of deceased veterans who were honorably discharged or killed as a serviceman. (2 points)
  • Victims of domestic violence: The Lake MHA will offer a preference to families that have been subjected to or victimized by a member of the family or household within the past 24 months. Lake MHA will require evidence that the family has been displaced as a result of fleeing violence in the home. Families are also eligible for this preference if there is proof that the family is currently living in a situation where they are being subjected to or victimized by violence in the home. The following criteria are used to establish a family’s eligibility for this preference: (1 point)
    • Actual or threatened physical violence directed against the applicant or the applicant’s family by a spouse, or other household member who lives in the unit with the family.
    • The actual or threatened violence must have occurred within the past 24 months, with supporting documentation (police reports, documentation from a domestic violence shelter or other documentation as deemed usable by the PHA) or be of a continuing nature.
    • The applicant who lives in a violent neighborhood or is fearful of other violence outside the household is not considered displaced because of domestic violence
    • To qualify for this preference, the abuser must still reside in the unit from which the victim was displaced. The applicant must certify that the abuser will not reside with the applicant unless Lake MHA gives prior written approval.
    • The Lake MHA will approve the return of the abuser to the household after Lake MHA verifies that the abuser has received therapy or counseling that appears to minimize the likelihood of recurrence of violent behavior, and a counselor or therapist recommends, in writing, that the individual will be allowed to reside with the family
  • Displaced families from federally declared disaster areas, in accordance with HUD guidelines (16 points)
  • Mainstream Voucher: Non-elderly persons with disabilities who have previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project (16 points)

1,500 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the LMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the LMHA public notice on June 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Lake 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 (440) 354-3347 ext. 23.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/10/2021.

Other Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) waiting list for the Section 8 mainstream Housing Choice Voucher apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 27, 2020 until August 10, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This opening was only for individuals and families who have a family member who: Is non-elderly (between ages 18 and 61), and has a verifiable disability.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the online paper application.
  2. Pick up an application from outside the LMHA administrative office.

Once the application was completed, it was postmarked by August 10, 2020 and mailed to the LMHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

25 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the LMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the LMHA public notice, as of July 24, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 08/10/2020.

Unknown: RAD Multifamily Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 06/10/2021.

About Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (440) 354-3347. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at www.lakehousing.org.

How To Update Your Application

If your application is on the LMHA waiting list, you are responsible for notifying LMHA of any changes to your application information, including address and phone number changes.

Periodically, you will receive communication to update your application information for LMHA, as well as when you are selected from the waiting list. Please respond to the communication promptly, as instructed by LMHA. 

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/16/2021, it is not known if Lake 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 Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 1,313 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, 2020:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,247 3 21 7 13 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $574 $437 $728 $510 $1,180 $528
Monthly Cost $715,417 $1,311 $15,279 $3,573 $15,341 $7,921

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority

Jackson Towers

200 W Jackson St
Painesville, Ohio