About Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Mahoning County, Youngstown, Alliance, Boardman, Sebring, New Middletown, Campbell, Beloit, Lowellville, Austintown, Craig Beach, Canfield, Maple Ridge, Mineral Ridge, Poland and Struthers.

Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

The YMHA offers five family public housing communities and six communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
2. Visit the YMHA to fill out an application, located at 131 W. Boardman St., Youngstown, OH 44503 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Once you application has been processed, you will be scheduled for a briefing interview. 

At that time be sure to bring these documents with you: birth certificates, social security cards, landlord references, and proof of all income.

The YMHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: employed at least 20 hours a week, elderly, disabled, enrolled in a job or educational training program, or a veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the YMHA website at http://www.ymhaonline.com/, or by calling 330-744-2161 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/04/2015.

Mahoning County, OhioHousing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 10 days in September 2017; and prior to that for 10 days in February 2016. 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. The application was available in English and Spanish, and was online only.

This waiting list had the following preferences: U.S. Veteran; families with a child under the age of 6 with lead poisoning; aging out of foster care; homeless; living in a shelter or transitional housing, Safe Haven, or a hotel/motel paid for by a charitable organization or government program; persons who were homeless or living in a shelter immediately before staying at a hospital, treatment facility, jail, or prison for 90 days or less; victims of domestic violence.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. A list of the winning numbers will be published on the Lottery Results page here after October 20, 2017.

For more information, visit the YMHA website, or call the office at (330) 744-2161.

Last Updated on 09/21/2017.

More information about Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.ymhaonline.com/.


About the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 1,948 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers1,8243619273624
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$397$282$392$348$749$341$308
Monthly Cost$723,218$846$2,354$6,613$20,231$12,269$7,395

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Youngstown 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 16% having issued approximately 122 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $10,885 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 48% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 66% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 9% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

58% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 56% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

87% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 79% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 79% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

11% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 55% with 3 or more bedrooms. 37% 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 Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $284 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $460. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $165.



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 Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

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