Allentown Housing Authority
1339 W Allen Street
Allentown, Lehigh County, PA


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when it was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, please call the AHA at 610-439-8678.

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Allentown Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Allentown Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 14 projects which contain 1,212 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,461 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Allentown Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Allentown Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (45%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (55%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Allentown Housing Authority has a larger 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, Allentown Housing Authority scored an average of 69 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2005 and a low score of 0 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Allentown Housing Authority has an average score that is less 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Allentown Housing Authority manages 11 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 72. The scores for properties managed by Allentown Housing Authority range from a high of 95 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Allentown Housing Authority portfolio is John Gross Towers and the lowest scoring property is Overlook Park 2b.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 91% of properties managed by Allentown Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

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 Allentown Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/11/12 Plan
2011 6/13/11 Plan
2010 7/1/10 Plan
2009 6/30/09 Plan
2007 7/13/07 Plan
2006 5/30/06 Plan
2005 6/24/05 Plan
2004 6/25/04 Plan
2003 6/13/03 Plan
2002 5/4/02 Plan
2001 7/5/01 Plan
2000 8/11/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size


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