Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority

410 Court Street
Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio 45662

Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Portsmouth, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 17th, 2019, Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Portsmouth.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The PMHA offers eight public housing communities with 885 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the PMHA office to fill out an application, located at 410 Court Street, Portsmouth, OH, between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:30 am Monday-Friday. 

Be sure to bring these documents with your application: social security cards, and birth certificates.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the PMHA website at http://www.pmha.us/, or by calling 740-354-4547 during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (740)354-4547.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/04/2015.

Other Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority

More information about Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.pmha.us/. Representatives of Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (740) 354-4547. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/17/2019, it is not known if Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 577 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 572 1 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $392 $1,014 $405
Monthly Cost $224,402 $1,014 $1,621

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Portsmouth 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 13% having issued approximately 46 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 33 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,363 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 75% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

41% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

8% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

48% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 4% 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 Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $288 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $485. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $210.



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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