Housing Authority of the County of McKean
410 E Water Street
Smethport, McKean County, PA


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of the County of McKean Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

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

The MCRHA offers six communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and twelve family communities, located throughout McKean County.

There are two ways to obtain a public housing application:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 410 E. Water St., Smethport, PA, during normal office hours.
2. 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. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members, and if you are claiming a victim of domestic violence preference you must provide documentation.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, McKean County resident for the last six months, veteran, working at least 30 hours a week, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.mckeancountyhousing.com/, or by calling 814-887-5563 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the County of McKean administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 216 affordable rental units. It also administers 356 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the County of McKean is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 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 McKean between Public Housing Units (38%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (62%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Housing Authority of the County of McKean 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 County of McKean scored an average of 85 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 62 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Housing Authority of the County of McKean 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 McKean.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 9/9/11 Plan
2010 9/20/10 Plan
2009 9/28/09 Plan
2007 9/24/07 Plan
2006 9/11/06 Plan
2005 9/27/05 Plan
2004 9/30/04 Plan
2003 9/24/03 Plan
2002 9/30/02 Plan
2001 9/26/01 Plan
2000 9/18/00 Plan