Allegheny County Housing Authority
12th Floor
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Allegheny County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Allegheny County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Allegheny County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 29th, 2015.

The Allegheny County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The ACHA offers sixteen communities dedicated to elderly individuals, eight communities dedicated to single/elderly/disabled individuals. and fourteen family communities located throughout Allegheny County.

There are three ways to obtain a public housing waiting list application:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 412-355-8940 during normal office hours.
2. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 625 Stanwix St., 12th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, during normal office hours.
3. Download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above, or hand delivered to any of site addresses listed on this page.  Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or by calling 412-355-8940, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Allegheny County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 56 projects which contain 3,014 affordable rental units. It also administers 5,715 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Allegheny County Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Allegheny County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (35%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (65%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Pennsylvania.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Allegheny County Housing Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 103 in 2009 and a low score of 78 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Allegheny County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Pennsylvania housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Allegheny County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 9/13/11 Plan
2010 9/29/10 Plan
2009 9/28/09 Plan
2007 9/19/07 Plan
2006 9/21/06 Plan
2005 10/16/05 Plan
2004 9/21/04 Plan
2003 10/2/03 Plan
2002 9/9/02 Plan
2001 10/10/01 Plan
2000 9/15/00 Plan