About Marion County Housing Authority

The Marion County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Salem, Oregon.

The Marion County Housing Authority serves Marion County, Silverton, Woodburn, Hubbard, Stayton, Jefferson, Mount Angel, Sublimity, Aumsville, Aurora, Brooks, Butteville, Detroit, Donald, Four Corners, Gervais, Hayesville, Labish Village, Marion, Mehama, St. Paul, Scotts Mills and Turner but does not serve Keizer and Salem.

Marion County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Marion County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Marion County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open indefinitely. This waiting list opened on June 15, 2015, and will close once 2,000 applications have been received. It was last open for ten days in March 2015.

Please note: According to the MCHA, "If you applied for any previous Section 8 waitlist [through this office], you must reapply."

To apply, complete the online application. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Disabled applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to complete the application can call the MCHA office at (503) 798-4170.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Name, date of birth, Social Security Number, race, gender, annual income, employment information.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Homeless; participants of MC Health Department Addictions and Mental Health RAP; head of household lives, works or attends school in one of the communities in the map displayed in the middle of the MCHA web page.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application was received, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the MCHA website, or call the office at (503) 798-4170.

Last Updated on 07/17/2017.


About the Marion County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Marion County Housing Authority manages 1,006 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 895 111
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $449 $947
Monthly Cost $401,902 $105,170

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Marion County 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 21% having issued approximately 43 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 12 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 $14,412 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 59% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% 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, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 31% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

27% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 7% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Marion County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 50% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 46% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% 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 Marion County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $369 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $495. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $121.



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.