Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
100 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA

412-456-5000 http://www.hacp.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for elderly (62+) households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

To applycomplete the online pre-application here. Printed pre-applications are not available.

Disabled applicants who need reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can call (412) 456-5030.

If an applicant does not have access to the internet, they can visit a public library, or the HACP Occupancy Department.

Applicants who are deaf of hearing impaired can contact the HACP at (412) 201-5384.

Qualified applicants will be placed onto the waiting list by date and time of the application submission.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HACP website, or call the office at (412) 456-5000.

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nearly two weeks in September 2015, and prior to that in May 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the HACP website, or call the office at (412) 456-5000.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update October 2nd, 2015.

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) is currently accepting Public Housing pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download and print the pre-application online here. The pre-application must be completed by an ink pen.

Please note: The HACP states that applicants must also submit a Site Selection Chart to identify which communities applicants would like to live in. This document is only obtainable at the HACP Occupancy Department, located at 100 Ross Street, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. A maximum of three communities may be selected. Applicants who need assistance in obtaining a Site Selection Chart can contact the HACP Occupancy Department at (412) 456-5030.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be submitted with the Site Selection Chart. These documents can be mailed or hand delivered to the address above, or faxed to (412) 456-5182. If the pre-application is not submitted with the Site Selection Chart, it will not be accepted.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable assistance to complete the pre-application can call the HACP Disability Compliance Office at (412) 456-5282, Ext. 1. Applicants who are deaf or hearing impaired can contact the HACP at (412) 201-5384.

The HACP has identified a preference for veterans. Further explanation of the preference can be found on the pre-application.

Qualified applicants will be placed onto the waiting list for the selected community by date and time of the application submission.

Once an applicant's name reached the top of the waiting list, they will be notified by mail to have a scheduled processing session with a HACP representative. The date, time and location of this meeting will be noted in the letter, along with required documentation that must be brought to the session. All adult (18+) members of the household must attend this meeting. If any of these requirements are not fulfilled, by the scheduled session, the household will be removed from the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HACP website, or call (412) 456-5000 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 51 projects which contain 4,734 affordable rental units. It also administers 7,084 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh 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 Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh between Public Housing Units (40%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (60%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh 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 (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, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh scored an average of 28 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 85 in 2001 and a low score of 0 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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 Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2001 2/13/01 Plan
2000 9/14/00 Plan