Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Public Housing, 701 South 6th Street; Housing Choice Voucher, 620 Dew Street
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee 37206

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is a Public Housing Agency in Nashville, Tennessee that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-sufficiency, and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs.

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency serves Davidson County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Davidson County, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Multi-Family Project-Based Voucher Closed
Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed

Other Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Closed: Davidson County, Tennessee Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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 before 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, by order of preferences.

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

Last Updated on 09/19/2017.

Closed: Multi-Family Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) Multifamily Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the MDHA website.

Last Updated on 07/11/2019.

Closed: Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) Elderly (62+) Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 1 and 2-Bedroom units at Sycamores Terrace and Robinson Flats for one week in July, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the MDHA, "Depending on the number of applications received, the waiting lists may remain open beyond July 17, 2019."

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

There were no preferences.

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

For more information, visit the MDHA website.

Last Updated on 07/23/2019.

About Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

More information about Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency can be found on its website at http://www.nashville-mdha.org/. Representatives of Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency may be available by phone at (615) 252-8410. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 7:30am to 4:00pm CT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 7:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am-4:00pm
Thursday 7:30am-4:00pm
Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 03/29/2019, Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

More information about the MDHA Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

 

Public Housing Program

More information about Affordable Housing can be found here.


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 6,118 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 4,785 6 3 28 144 373 747
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $645 $535 $973 $552 $605 $469 $570
Monthly Cost $3,084,785 $3,212 $2,919 $15,453 $87,109 $174,835 $425,866

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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