Public Housing

The Lake MHA Public Housing Program

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority operates a public housing program for the benefit of low-income families, senior citizens (age 62 and older) and disabled persons. Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority manages four developments in Painesville and Willoughby, Ohio:

If you are currently on the public housing program and would like to set up an appointment or have questions, please contact Linda at (440) 354-3347 ext 17.

The Authority serves as the owner and landlord of the development and charges rent to the household based on 30% of adjusted gross income.

Lake MHA does not provide emergency housing assistance – see information on Partner Links.

Public Housing Process

Reviewing paperwork

Reviewing Paperwork

  • Review the income limits chart below to verify your income eligibility.
  • Once your application has been received and reviewed to determine that you do not owe monies to Lake MHA or any other housing authority, your name will be placed on the waiting list and Lake MHA will notify you.
  • NOTE: Please be aware that it is your responsibility to notify Lake MHA in writing within 10 days of any changes or updates to your application, including but not limited to: address, adding or removing a family/household member or income changes. Lake MHA does not forward mail.
  • Upon unit availability, Lake MHA will contact you in writing to complete the necessary paperwork for final eligibility determination and move in dates.


Due to the high volume of calls we receive daily regarding waiting list questions, we are unable to return these calls. Please do not call the Housing Authority to inquire as to where you are on the HCV or Public Housing waiting list or when you will receive a housing offer. We are unable to accurately predict when you will receive a housing offer(s).

ALL changes to your original application must be sent or delivered to our office in writing. Our mailing address is Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority 189 First Street, Painesville, OH 44077. The fax number is 440-354-5008. Please indicate either the HCV or PH waiting list when sending your information.

The chart below is a summary of the 2016 Income Limits for Lake County as declared by HUD:

Income Limits for 2016

 Very Low (50%)
Income Limits
Extremely Low
(30%) Income Limits
Low (80%)
Income Limits
1 Person$23,350$14,000$37,350
2 Person$26,650$16,020$42,650
3 Person$30,000$20,160$48,000
4 Person$33,300$24,300$53,300
5 Person$36,000$28,440$57,600
6 Person$38,650$32,580$61,850
7 Person$41,300$36,730$66,100
8 Person$44,000$40,890$70,400

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