Lake County Housing Choice Voucher Program
(Section 8) Waiting List
THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM WAITING LIST IS NOW CLOSED. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY HCV APPLICATIONS UNTIL THE WAITING LIST RE-OPENS.
After submitting the Application:
- Once the 1000 applications are processed, you may verify placement on the waiting list by checking the Lake MHA website, lakehousing.org after June 15, 2018. Click on the link that says: “Waiting List Status and Position Lookup.” Enter your social security number to view your confidential position on the waiting list. If you are not in the waiting list look-up, you did not make the waiting list. Due to the volume of calls we expect to receive and for confidentiality, please do not call the office for position look-up, as we will not be able to take your social security number over the phone.
- While on the waiting list, you are responsible for notifying Lake MHA, in writing, of any changes to your application information, including address and phone number changes.
- Periodically, you will receive communication to update your information for Lake MHA, as well as when you are selected from the waiting list. Please respond to the communication promptly as instructed.
- Applications containing duplicate family member information will not be accepted. Only one application per household is allowed.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, formerly known as Section 8, offers low-income households an opportunity to lease privately owned rental housing at an affordable rate. This program, administered by Lake MHA, helps bridge the housing gap between landlords and low-income tenants by subsidizing the difference between property rents and the amount that the household can pay, based upon their income and payment standard or voucher size.
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.
To change or update contact information or for other changes, please use this form.
The chart below is a summary of the 2019 Income Limits for Lake County as declared by HUD:
Income Limits for 2020
|Very Low (50%) |
|Extremely Low |
(30%) Income Limits
2021 Lake MHA Payment Standards
Effective January 1, 2021
Rent, Utilities, and Appliances
If the rental amount the landlord is seeking does not include utilities or appliances, you must include these items in determining the gross rent (requested rent plus the utilities) of the unit. You will find the figures on the corresponding utility allowance sheets that were included in your briefing packet. Please make sure that you are using the correct utility allowance sheet (“City of Painesville/outside city limits” and “house/apartment”) for the unit you have selected.
The landlord’s rent plus the utility allowance cannot exceed the Fair Market Rent and must pass a “Rent Reasonable” test prior to being approved by the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority.
NOTE: The Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) must be completely filled out by the landlord and tenant and submitted to Lake MHA in person by appointment.
Example of Gross Rent: If the unit you have chosen has a requested rental amount of $725 and a utility cost of $147 (monthly) the gross rent of the unit is $872 ( $725 + $147).
Waiting List / Port-in Contact Information
If you are currently on the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List or if you are porting (moving) in or out of Lake County, please contact:
Stacy, ext. 26
HCV Caseworker List
If you are currently on the Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher program and would like to meet with a Lake MHA staff member, please contact the office at (440) 354-3347 for an appointment. Your caseworker is assigned by your last name:
A – FOX
Michele, ext. 28
FOY – McM
Victoria, ext. 19
McD – TET
Megan, ext. 20
TEU – Z
Home Ownership Program (HOP)
Stacy, ext. 26
Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
Vikki, ext. 15