About the SMHA

SMHA is the public housing authority for Shelby County, Ohio.   Our mission is to serve the community by helping people access affordable housing. By working with our collaborative partners, we develop, renovate and maintain housing, promote neighborhood revitalization, and assist residents in accessing needed social services.  To accomplish this, SMHA will operate in an efficient manner, within HUD guidelines and through partnerships with the community. SMHA will operate with a high degree of organizational effectiveness in order to remain financially viable.

SMHA has housing opportunities for qualified families, singles and seniors.  Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities throughout Shelby County.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.

Enhancing Neighborhoods, Strengthening Communities, Changing Lives  Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority provides quality, affordable housing with an array of amenities such as energy-efficient properties and accessible units as well as using environmentally friendly construction to residents of Shelby County.  More importantly, they provide these households a stable living environment so that they may live securely and work towards their own economic self-sufficiency. Besides providing quality, affordable housing, SMHA offers supportive services through partnerships with the community.

Each year Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority is funded through the Federal budget, receiving over $1,196,555.00 to operate our programs.  SMHA currently has 175 Scattered Public Housing Units and 219 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers dedicated to our agency.  A voucher represents a family which is receiving rental assistance. The voucher goes with the family, and they can choose where they would like to live. The agency currently has a staff of seven employees.   

Our Office:

The Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5 :00 p.m., except for government holidays. The office is closed for lunch daily from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Applications are taken on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Telephone Number of the Shelby MHA is (937) 498-9898, the Fax Number is (937) 498-4946. Emergency Maintenance Telephone number is (937) 538-8842.   (Jackson Towers Telephone Number is (937) 492-7100, and the Fax Number for Jackson Towers is (937) 498-4947.)  You may also contact our office by emailing  j_wells@embarqmail.com.

SMHA has public housing opportunities for qualified families, singles and seniors in communities throughout Shelby County.  SMHA serves as the owner and landlord of these developments.    Also available is the housing choice voucher program, a program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

SMHA History:

SMHA was created in 1977 to administer Public Housing and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for Shelby County.   SMHA is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, and is regulated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners appointed by various local elected officials within the Sidney and Shelby County.

Our Mission:

The Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority is dedicated to serving low-income families by providing quality housing opportunities and promoting economic self-sufficiency.  We will create and maintain partnerships with our clients and appropriate community agencies.  The Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority strives to provide a courteous and respectful atmosphere.

Our Vision:

The Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority shall continue to creatively seek ways to expand the availability of affordable housing throughout Shelby County. Advocating on  behalf of low-income, elderly, handicapped, and disabled families, we will continue to strive in our efforts to eliminate homelessness.