About Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Lorain, Ohio.

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Lorain County and Lorain.

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Lorain County, Ohio Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

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

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in January 2017, and prior to that for one week in February 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

There are no preferences.

1,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

The LMHA expects it will take two years to serve all households 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the LMHA website, or call the office at (440) 288-1600.

Last Updated on 01/15/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

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

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time. The waiting list was last open in October 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

The LMHA offers six individual/family Public Housing communities and six communities dedicated to senior/disabled households.

Please note: The LMHA expects to reopen this waiting list in early 2017.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the LMHA website, or call the office at (440) 288-1600.

Last Updated on 11/14/2016.


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

As of March 31st, 2016 the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 3,042 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,567 73 72 36 111 156
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $514 $426 $407 $702 $449 $413
Monthly Cost $1,319,806 $31,119 $29,282 $25,257 $49,893 $64,366

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lorain 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 6% having issued approximately 503 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 20 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $12,144 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% 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 60% 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, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

64% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 39% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 39% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

11% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 52% with 3 or more bedrooms. 35% 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 Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $319 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $590. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $152.



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.


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