Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence
481 Neshannock Avenue
New Castle, Lawrence County, PA

724-656-5106 http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence 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 County of Lawrence (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened in September 2014, and is open indefinitely.


There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up a pre-application at the HACL office, located at 481 Neshannock Avenue, New Castle, PA 16103, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm ET; and 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

HACL
481 Neshannock Ave.
PO Box 988
New Castle, PA 16103-0988

The following preferences have been identified: Live in Lawrence County, involuntarily displaced, veteran, rent burden. Further explanation of the preferences can be found on the pre-application.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

The HACL will notify applicants of their waiting list status by mail.

For more information, visit the HACL website, or call the office at (724) 656-5106.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

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


The LCHA offers seven public housing communities with 835 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to obtain an application for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 481 Neshannock Ave., P.O. Box 988, New Castle, PA 16103, during normal office hours Monday-Friday.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 724-656-5100 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to the address listed above.

The LCHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, homeless, live and/or work in Lawrence County, involuntarily displaced, substandard housing, or rent burden.

More information can be found by visiting the LCHA website at http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/index.html, or by calling 724-656-5100 during normal office hours.


Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 7 projects which contain 835 affordable rental units. It also administers 392 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence between Public Housing Units (68%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (32%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence 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, Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence scored an average of 89 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 73 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence 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)

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 County of Lawrence.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 1/18/12 Plan
2011 12/20/10 Plan
2010 12/16/09 Plan
2009 1/9/09 Plan
2008 12/13/07 Plan
2007 1/5/07 Plan
2006 12/22/05 Plan
2005 1/4/05 Plan
2004 1/8/04 Plan
2003 12/9/02 Plan
2002 11/28/01 Plan
2001 1/4/01 Plan
2000 3/27/00 Plan