Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

2832 State Route 59
Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio
(330) 297-1489

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Ravenna, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher, and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of December 10th, 2018, Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Portage County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Portage County.

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About Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/08/2018, Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 1,496 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Homeownership Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 35 3 1,412 4 39
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $429 $416 $467 $950 $377
Monthly Cost $14,998 $1,249 $658,817 $3,801 $14,719

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portage 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 11% having issued approximately 144 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 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 $11,982 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, 15% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

46% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

27% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 26% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% 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 Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $348 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $482. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $143.



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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