About Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency serves Nashville.

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Davidson County, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in September 2017; and prior to that for one week in August 2015, for one week in 2013, and in 2008. 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: Displaced by natural disaster or government action, live in Davidson County, homeless, purged from most recent HCV waiting list.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the MDHA website, or call the office at (615) 252-8410.

Last Updated on 09/19/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time. The waiting list for individuals/families was last open for nearly two weeks in April 2016. The waiting list for elderly/disabled households was last open from September 2016 until October 2016

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MDHA website, or call the office at (615) 252-8410.

Last Updated on 10/25/2016.


About the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency manages 6,492 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 5,088 7 4 38 158 379 770
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $582 $843 $684 $553 $584 $424 $514
Monthly Cost $2,959,132 $5,900 $2,736 $21,010 $92,249 $160,804 $395,654

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

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 11% having issued approximately 588 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 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 $13,603 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% 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 54% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% 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.

55% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 83% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $326 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $671. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $151.



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.


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