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Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

400 Tuscarawas Street E
Canton, Stark County, Ohio 44702

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of August 14th, 2020, Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Stark County.

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

Open Stark 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.

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.starkmha.org/.

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (330) 454-8051.

Open Until Further Notice: 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Public Housing Waiting List

The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2019, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (330) 454-8051.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/26/2019.

Other Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Stark County, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 2, 2019, until December 16, 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Veterans

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by a representative of the SMHA, and the SMHA website, as of November 26, 2019.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 05/31/2020.

About Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (330) 454-8051. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/14/2020, it is not known if Stark 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 Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 1,474 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,260 12 52 12 9 50 79
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $466 $408 $573 $445 $1,004 $329 $363
Monthly Cost $587,692 $4,897 $29,783 $5,340 $9,039 $16,434 $28,656

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Stark 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 10% having issued approximately 133 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 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 $10,996 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% 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 66% 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, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

45% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

51% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 49% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 44% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 41% 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 Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $304 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $477. 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 Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

W L. Hart Apartments

125 E Simpson St
Alliance, Ohio
Call For Rent
1 BR

Scattered Sites

1664 S Arch Ave
Alliance, Ohio

Ellisdale Homes

3809 31st St NE
Canton, Ohio
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Witmer Arms Indian Run Scattered

3650 Ellis Ave NE
Canton, Ohio

Scattered Sites

3037 Neal Ct NW
Canton, Ohio

Willow - Franklin - Underhill

1120 16th St SE
Massillon, Ohio

Scattered Sites

454 19th St NW
Massillon, Ohio

Linwood Acres Mahoning

3333 14th St SW
Canton, Ohio

Scattered Sites

2717 12th St SW
Canton, Ohio

Jackson Park Homes

1500 Cherry Ave SE
Canton, Ohio

Girard Gardens

2215 Tuscarawas St E
Canton, Ohio

Mckinley Apartments

700 McKinley Ave NW
Canton, Ohio

Witmer Arms Indian Run Scattered

1328 E Main St
Louisville, Ohio

Plaza Terrace

716 30th St NW
Canton, Ohio

Lincoln Apartments

815 Lincoln Way E
Massillon, Ohio

Witmer Arms Indian Run Scattered

560 Park St NW
Navarre, Ohio