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Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority

1358 Mosser Drive
Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio 43420

Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of June 16th, 2021, Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Sandusky County.

Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority's service area excludes the area bounded by the following borders: On the North, by Sandusky Bay; East, Sandusky County Road 280; West, Sandusky County Road 256; and South, Sandusky County Road 247.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Sandusky County, Ohio Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Sandusky County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Day Woods Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.sanduskymha.org.

Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (419) 334-4426.

COVID-19 Update: As of March 24, 2020, the Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority website says:

"In response to the Ohio Department of Health’s Stay At Home Order, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority will be closed to the public. Contact with the agency can still be made by telephone, email, documentation drop-off in the drop box located outside the office doors, or by postal mail...Available staff will do their best to return messages within a business day, but please be aware that call and message volume is anticipated to increase during this time, so patience and understanding is appreciated during this difficult time. Clients who are ill or have family members who have been ill recently are requested to contact their case manager to discuss rescheduling appointments or making alternative arrangements."

Open Now: Sandusky County, Ohio Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is currently open. Applications will be accepted from October 13, 2020 at 8:00 am, until June 17, 2021 at 4:30 pm ET.

Please note: According to the SMHA, "A family member on the application must be between the ages of 18-61 and disabled and the applicant family must be either homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) or be institutionalized (or at risk of becoming institutionalized)."

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the application that is available online here.
  2. Pick up a paper application at the SMHA office, located at 1358 Mosser Drive, Fremont, Ohio 43420; from 8:00 am until 12:15 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  3. Request a paper application by mail.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority, 1358 Mosser Drive, Fremont, Ohio 43420.
  2. Returned to the drop box located outside of the SMHA office, at the address above.
  3. Faxed to (419) 334-6933.
  4. Emailed to cshearon@sanduskymhs.org.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Veterans
    • Applicants who are (1) presently serving or (2) have served in the active military or naval service of the United States and who were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable are considered to be veterans.
  • Homeless Families
    • Lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; AND
    • Have a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised public or private shelter providing temporary accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters and transitional housing), or an institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not ordinarily used as a sleeping accommodation for human beings.
    • A homeless family does not include any person imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to an Act of Congress or a State Law. Homeless families may maintain their place on the waiting list while completing a transitional housing program. Families who are residing with friends or relatives on a temporary basis will not be included in the homeless definition.
  • Handicapped/Disabled Persons
    • Persons with disabilities as defined by HUD.
  • Mainstream Voucher
    • Non-Elderly Disabled family member who is homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) or institutionalized (or at risk of becoming institutionalized).
  • Over- or Under- housed
    • Families currently living in SMHA public housing who, because of decreases or increases in family size, need a unit with less than two (2) bedrooms or more than three (3) bedrooms, may transfer to the Voucher program in order to obtain an appropriately sized unit.

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

For more information, read the SMHA public notice, or visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SMHA, as of October 12, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Sandusky County, Ohio.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (419) 334-4426.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/02/2021.

Open Now: Sandusky County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from May 17, 2021 at 8:00 am, until June 17, 2021 at 4:30 pm ET.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Pick up an application from the Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority Office, located at 1358 Mosser Drive, Fremont Ohio 43420, in the drop box next to the front door.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the SMHA, address mentioned above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Veteran
  • Homeless
  • Handicapped/disabled

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

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SMHA on May 17, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Sandusky County, Ohio.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (419) 334-4426.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/17/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Day Woods Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) Public Housing waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Day Woods is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2020, until further notice. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Pick up a paper application at the SMHA office, located at 1358 Mosser Drive, Fremont, Ohio 43420; from 8:00 am until 12:15 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the SMHA office, at the address and time above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Household is considered Homeless.
  • Applicant, or household members are a Veteran.
  • Applicant, or household members are considered handicapped or disabled.
  • Applicant, or household members are age 18-62, AND are disabled, AND are considered Homeless, Institutionalized, or at Risk of Becoming Homeless or Institutionalized.

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SMHA, as of October 12, 2020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (419) 334-4426.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/12/2020.

About Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (419) 334-4426. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/16/2021, it is not known if Sandusky 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 Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 227 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, 2020:

Standard Family Unification Ported Out
Vouchers 225 1 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $386 $70 $1,566
Monthly Cost $86,781 $70 $1,566

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Sandusky 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 26% having issued approximately 8 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $11,685 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% 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 76% 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, 33% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

30% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

31% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 23% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 66% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 30% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $339 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $394. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $184.



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 Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority

Day Woods

1350 Mosser Dr
Fremont, Ohio