Multifamily Program

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority operates a Multifamily Rental Assistance Demonstration, Project-Based Rental Assistance (Multifamily)Program, for the benefit of low-income families. Under the Multifamily Program, a family pays 30% of their adjusted income in rent to Lake MHA. Lake MHA receives a subsidy from HUD to cover the rest of the rent. The assistance provided from HUD is attached to 240 units owned and managed by Lake MHA. The units can only be rented to extremely low, very low, or low-income families who will pay 30% of their adjusted income toward rent. If the family moves out, the unit must be leased to a new family in need of rental assistance. These units are split into three developments located in Painesville – Jackson Towers, Washington Square, and Woodlawn Homes.

Click the links below for more site and unit information.

Multi-Family Program (formally known as Public Housing) wait list is currently CLOSED.

Application Process

  • Review the income limits chart below to verify your income eligibility.
  • Fill out a MULTIFAMILY APPLICATION and return it to Lake MHA’s Administrative Office; currently not accepting applications, as this wait list is closed, but will reopen at a later date.
  • 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 household member, or income changes. Lake MHA does not forward mail. Our mailing address is Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority, 189 First Street, Painesville, OH 44077. The fax number is 440-354-5008.
  • NOTE: Lake MHA is unable to accurately predict when you will receive a housing offer. Time spent on the waiting list varies from months to years depending on vacancy rates and established priorities and preferences.
  • Upon unit availability, Lake MHA will contact you in writing to complete the necessary paperwork for final eligibility determination and move in dates.
  • Lake MHA does not provide emergency housing assistance – please see information on Partner Links.
  • Please see the Tenant Selection Plan for more information on the Multifamily Program
  • Any updates to your application (i.e., address, phone number, etc.), please complete Application Update Form.

FY 2023 Income Limits for 2023

Very Low (50%)
Income Limits
Extremely Low
(30%) Income Limits
Low (80%)
Income Limits

1 Person

$31,650 $19,000 $50,650

2 Person

$36,200 $21,700


3 Person

$40,700 $24,860


4 Person

$45,200 $30,000


5 Person $48,850 $35,140


6 Person

$52,450 $40,280


7 Person

$56,050 $45,420


8 Person

$59,700 $50,560


Current Residents

If you are currently on Multifamily Program and would like to set up an appointment or have questions, please contact a Multifamily Specialist.

To Pay Your Rent on the Tenant Portal –  Click Here

House Rules

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Three Ways to Pay Your Rent                                                                                                 

  1. Pay your Rent ONLINE                                                                                                                                   
  2. Sign-up for Direct Debt
  3. Mail your rent to the PO Box Address
Tenant Portal – To Pay Your Rent Click Here

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