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Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority

144 West Main Street
Newark, Licking County, Ohio 43055

Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Newark, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 30th, 2020, Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Terrace Gardens Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Licking County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Terrace Gardens Senior Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Licking 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.

Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.lickingmha.org/.

Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (740) 349-8069.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not confirmed if this waiting list is still open. As of March 30, 2020, the website says:

"Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the office is closed to the public"

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Terrace Gardens Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) waiting list for Senior Public Housing apartments at Terrace Gardens is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2015, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application that is online here. Select the "Application" link.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the LMHA, located at 85 West Church St., Newark, OH 43055 during normal office hours.

For more information, visit the LMHA.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (740)349-8069.

Last Updated on 03/31/2020.

Other Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List


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

The Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in September 2015, and before that in 2013 and 2010. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Licking County, OH is about 35 miles east of Columbus, OH.



To apply in 2015, applicants were required to visit the Newark High School.


For more information, visit the LMHA website, or call the office at (740) 349-8069.

Last Updated on 09/26/2015.

About Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (740) 349-8069. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/30/2020, it is not known if Licking 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 Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 960 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 700 1 12 9 3 235
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $462 $28 $613 $475 $577 $384
Monthly Cost $323,631 $28 $7,361 $4,273 $1,731 $90,310

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Licking 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 8% having issued approximately 128 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 30 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $12,054 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% 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 78% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

37% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

11% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 9% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% include at least one person with a disability. 61% 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

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $314 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $513. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $124.



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 Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority

Licking High Rise

85 W Church St
Newark, Ohio