Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

2832 State Route 59
Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio 44266

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Ravenna, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher, and Moving to Work programs. As of August 18th, 2019, 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.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Portage County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Portage County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from November 21, 2018 at 8:00 am ET, until further notice. It was last open in September, 2016.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Active Military and Veterans.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the PMHA Public Notice here, visit the PMHA website here, or call the office at (330) 297-1489.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (330) 297-1489.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/21/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: A one-person household must be an elderly or disabled adult.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the PMHA website, or call the office at (330) 297-1489.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (330)297-1489.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/09/2018.

About Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

More information about Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.portagehousing.org/. Representatives of Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (330) 297-1489. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

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 1,526 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 33 2 1,449 4 36
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $480 $216 $484 $1,499 $354
Monthly Cost $15,841 $431 $701,375 $5,994 $12,726

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.


Public Housing Operated by Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

East Side Developments

777 Eastowne Dr
Ravenna, OH

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