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Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

1600 Kansas Avenue
Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio 44052

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs.

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Lorain County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Lorain County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed
Harr Plaza and International Plaza, Elderly and Disabled Section 8 New Construction Closed
Other Housing Programs Closed

Other Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some 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, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.lmha.org/.

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (440) 288-1600.

Closed: Lorain County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in June, 2019. Before that, it was open for one week in July, 2018, for one week in January 2017, and 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the LMHA website.

Last Updated on 08/24/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on October 31, 2019. 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. 

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the LMHA Public Housing page, or the LMHA website.

Last Updated on 10/31/2019.

Closed: Harr Plaza and International Plaza, Elderly and Disabled Section 8 New Construction Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) waiting list for Elderly and Disabled Section 8 New Construction apartments at Harr Plaza and International Plaza is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on October 31, 2019.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select a waiting list designated for elderly and disabled residents.

There were no preferences.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

For more information, read the LMHA public notice, visit the LMHA Additional Housing for Elderly / Persons with Disabilities page, or visit the LMHA website.

Last Updated on 10/31/2019.

Closed: Other Housing Programs Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) waiting list for other housing programs is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on October 31, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

According to the LMHA, it "also maintains other housing programs, listed below, but they do not accept applications online." The programs are:

  • Public Housing - Living with Assistance
  • Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing
  • Veranda Rose
  • Albany Homes

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to call the LMHA representative for the program.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the LMHA website.

Last Updated on 10/29/2019.

About Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (440) 288-1600. 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 by phone by calling (440) 288-7402.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/21/2020, it is not known if Lorain 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 Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 3,031 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,557 82 74 37 108 157
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $519 $444 $540 $1,102 $406 $427
Monthly Cost $1,326,036 $36,383 $39,973 $40,777 $43,882 $67,058

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

Lakeview Plaza

310 W 7th St
Lorain, Ohio

Wilkes - Villa

310 East Ave
Elyria, Ohio

Oberlin Homes

138 S Main St
Oberlin, Ohio

Leavitt Homes

2310 W 20th St
Lorain, Ohio

Low Income Housing Managed by Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

Harr Plaza

15 Chestnut St
Elyria, Ohio
Subsidized

International Plaza

1825 Homewood Drive
Lorain, Ohio
Subsidized