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Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority

345 N. Market Street
Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio 44691

Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Wooster, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of April 7th, 2020, Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Wayne County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Website: http://www.waynemha.org/.

Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Phone: (330) 264-2727.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The WMHA offers three public housing communities with 225 units for families and senior/disabled individuals. For a complete list of each community the WMHA offers, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the WMHA to pick up an application, located at 345 North Market St., Wooster, OH, between normal office hours, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. 

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, citizenship form, and the DD214 form if applicable.

The WMHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veterans, or persons eligible for Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver.

More information can be found by visiting the WMHA website at http://www.waynemha.org/, or by calling 330-264-2727 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 (330)264-2727.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/04/2015.

About Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (330) 264-2727. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/07/2020, it is not known if Wayne 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 Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 907 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
Vouchers 867 30 2 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $366 $376 $337 $207
Monthly Cost $317,720 $11,281 $674 $827

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wayne 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 15% having issued approximately 58 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 11 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 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,222 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% 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 18% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

40% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

14% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 11% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% 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. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 30% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $300 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $456. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $127.



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 Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority

Northgate Apartments

1354 Perkins Dr
Wooster, Ohio

Townview Terrace

200 S Market St
Wooster, Ohio