Martinsburg, West Virginia Section 8 Voucher Waiting List opened on January 30, 2024 and will close on February 12, 2024.

Ayat Elkarib

Analysis by Ayat Elkarib

Last Updated: January, 30th 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg (MHA) is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from the earliest confirmed date of January 30, 2024, until February 12, 2024.

To apply while the waiting list is open, in person applications are accepted at the MHA office, located at 703 Porter Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, contact the MHA.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHA public notice on the Journal and by an MHA representative on January 30, 2024.

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Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg.

Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg provides affordable housing for up to 667 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Martinsburg, West Virginia.

What should I do after applying to the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How do I update my application for the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is open now?

You have a limited time to apply for a waiting list that is open now, before it closes on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority is accepting applications until the waiting list closes.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg?

At the start of 2024, Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg was managing 348 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 313 households with a voucher. This represents 90% of the total voucher allotment for Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg.

According to HUD, there is a total of 598 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 313 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 7 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 72 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 23 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg.

Are there any Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 90% of its vouchers utilized by households with 10% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 35 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 348 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 households have children?

Of the 313 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg, 104 have at least one child. There are 7 two-parent households in the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg voucher program, and 97 single-parent households. There were 94 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 Voucher holders is $17,162 The average annual income per person is $9,356 The average voucher holder earns 27% of the local Area Median Income.

Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 16 5%
$5,000 - $9,999 13 4%
$10,000 - $14,999 128 41%
$15,000 - $19,999 72 23%
$20,000+ 88 28%

What is the source of income for Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 63 (18%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 7 (2%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 271 (78%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $697 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $8,364. The program as a whole is paying landlords $218,161 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $2,617,932

How much does the average Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $415 per month or $4,980 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $129,895 per month, which is $1,558,740 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,112 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $143 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 homes?

Of the 348 households with a Section 8 voucher, 135 (43%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 103 (33%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 75 (24%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 20% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 households?

35% of Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 3 1%
25-50/td> 110 35%
51-61 75 24%
62-84 122 39%
85 or Older 3 1%