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Celebrating 75 Years of Service to the Frederick Community!
209 Madison Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301)662-8173 Fax: (301)663-1464
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


The Mission of The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) is to provide an array of housing options for our citizens by being committed to supporting strong stable communities.




We have received many phone calls requesting information since our Website is Under Construction. We have listed the most Frequently Asked Questions and our responses for your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where am I on the waiting list? (Public Housing and/or Section 8?)
A. Our system DOES NOT have a number system. We can only tell you if you are still on the list or not. Please call the main office at 301-662-8173 to check status.

Q. How will I know if I'm at the top of the list?
A. We will contact you through the mail asking for verification information if you come to the top of the list. WE WILL NOT CALL YOU. Please make sure your mailing address is up to date in our system

Q. What is the difference between Public Housing and Section 8?
A. Public Housing is when you live in one of our three communities located here in Frederick, MD:
    1. Lincoln Apartments on Phebus Ave.
    2. Carver Apartments on Madison St. and
    3. Lucas Village near the Frederick Fairgrounds.
Since we are your landlord, you pay us rent which is based on the total household income. All three of our public housing communities are located in downtown Frederick. Section 8 is a voucher program that assists you with the rent at a property you rent from a private landlord.

Q. Are we accepting applications for Public Housing?
A. Yes, our Public Housing waiting list is OPEN.

Q. Is the Section 8 waiting list open?
A. No, the Section 8 waiting list is currently CLOSED. We do not know when it will reopen.

Q. How will I know when the Section 8 waiting list opens again?
A. We will place an ad in the Public Notice section in the Frederick News Post and also have it posted on our website. You can also call the Main Office at 301-662-8173.

Q. When can I apply for Public Housing?
A. You can apply on Tuesdays only from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm at our Main Office at 209 Madison Street, Frederick, MD. Applications are done on a first come first serve basis and our case managers do take lunch so please expect wait times of up to one hour to apply. You MUST apply IN PERSON. We do not mail applications or have online applications at this time.

Q. What do I need to apply?
A. You need the social security numbers and birth dates of everyone who will be occupying the unit. You must also bring the contact information (name's, addresses and phone numbers) of your past landlords for the last three years. We consider any family or friends you may have stayed with as landlords. Some people find it helpful to bring pay stubs or social security benefit letters.

Q. Can you mail me an application?
A. We DO NOT mail out applications. You can come to the office any day of the week to pick one up but you must return for an interview on Tuesdays only between 9:00 am and 2:45 pm to be placed on the list.

Q. Can I apply online?
A. No, we are currently not set up to take applications online.

Q. Do we have emergency housing?
A. Unfortunately, we do not have emergency housing. Please contact local shelters Frederick Community Action Agency at (301) 600-1506 and the Alan Patrick Linton, Jr. Emergency Shelter (cold weather only) at (301) 631-2670.

Q. How long will it take me to get housing?
A. There is not a simple answer to this question because an applicant's waiting period will depend on the following three (3) factors:
    1. How many bedrooms your household requires
    2. What preferences your situation qualifies for and
    3. What units we have that become available.
In general, it can take anywhere between six (6) months to several years to come to the top of the list. Unfortunately, there are many people eligible for public housing and not enough units to assist everyone who qualifies.

Q. How many bedrooms will I get?
A. Bedroom size will depend on how many people are in your household.

Q.What are the preferences?
A. Preferences are what give you priority points on the waiting list. They are as follows:
    1. Head of household and/or co-head is employed, working an average of at least thirty (30) hours per week for six (6) months prior to being housed.
    2. Head of household and/or any co-head is age 62 or older or is receiving any payments based on the individual's inability to work.
    3. I am homeless (have a primary night time residence that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter or transitional housing)
    4. I am displaced by fire or natural disaster or by government action.
    5. I live and/or work in Frederick City or County.
    6. Head of household or spouse is a disabled veteran.
    7. Other veterans or servicemen and their families.
Q. Am I qualified for housing?
A. The application only places you on the waiting list. Once you come to the top of the list for housing we will send you a letter requesting copies of social security cards, birth certificates, etc. Only then will your application be processed to see if you are approved for housing assistance. If your application is approved, you may be offered a unit or possibly continue to wait for a unit. If your application is denied, we will send you a letter telling you why.

Q. How much would my rent be?
A. Unfortunately we cannot give you an exact amount, but about 30 % of total household gross income will go towards your rent and utilities.

Q. What if I move while on the waiting list?
A. You would need to fill out a Change Form obtained from the front desk. Change forms can be obtained anytime during regular business hours.

Q. What if I want to add or remove someone from my application?
A. You would need to fill out a Change Form. You will need to know social security number(s) of the person(s) you want to add or remove.

Q. Can you mail me a change form?
A. We do not mail out Change Forms. You can obtain one from our Main Office during regular business hours.

Q. Are we absorbing or billing for Section 8?
A. We are currently BILLING. We also calculate bedroom sizes differently than many other housing authorities. Please call 301-662- 8173 for more portability information.
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