Bethlehem Housing Authority
4th Floor Offices
Bethlehem, Northampton County, PA

610-865-8312 | http://bha645.homestead.com/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status:

The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Bethlehem Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 7 projects which contain 1,453 affordable rental units. It also administers 497 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Bethlehem 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Bethlehem Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (75%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (25%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Bethlehem 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 (hud.gov, 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, Bethlehem Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 72 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Bethlehem 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Bethlehem Housing Authority manages 6 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 68. The scores for properties managed by Bethlehem Housing Authority range from a high of 98 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Bethlehem Housing Authority portfolio is Lynfield Homes III and the lowest scoring property is Bayard Homes.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 67% of properties managed by Bethlehem Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Bethlehem Housing Authority owns and manages 1453 public housing units in 7 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Bethlehem Housing Authority is $330.00 compared to the state average of $294.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Pennsylvania ranges from a low of $223.00 to a high of $385.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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 Bethlehem Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 3/6/12 Plan
2011 3/3/11 Plan
2010 3/23/10 Plan
2009 2/2/09 Plan
2008 3/3/08 Plan
2007 3/22/07 Plan
2006 3/13/06 Plan
2005 3/23/05 Plan
2004 4/5/04 Plan
2003 4/18/03 Plan
2002 3/12/02 Plan
2001 4/12/01 Plan
2000 8/18/00 Plan

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Public Housing Projects

1,453

Public Housing Units

497

Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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