Johnstown Housing Authority
501 Chestnut Street
Johnstown, Cambria County, PA

814-535-7771 http://jhaonline.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Johnstown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 22nd, 2015.

The Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. This waiting list is open indefinitely.


To apply, you must visit the JHA office to pick up an application, located at 501 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 419, Johnstown, PA 15906, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The JHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Johnstown, or a veteran.

This information was confirmed by a JHA representative over the phone.

More information can be found by visiting the JHA website at http://jhaonline.org/, or by calling 814-535-7771 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

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


The JHA offers 11 public housing communities with 521 units dedicated to elderly/disabled individuals, and 983 units for families. For a complete list of each community, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, you must visit JHA to pick up an application, located at 501 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 419, Johnstown, PA 15906, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The JHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Johnstown, or a veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the JHA website at http://jhaonline.org/, or by calling 814-535-7771 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Johnstown Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 15 projects which contain 1,506 affordable rental units. It also administers 775 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Johnstown 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 High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Johnstown Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (66%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (34%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Johnstown 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, Johnstown Housing Authority scored an average of 100 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2003 and a low score of 89 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Johnstown 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)

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 Johnstown Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/13/11 Plan
2011 11/29/10 Plan
2010 12/15/09 Plan
2009 12/17/08 Plan
2008 12/13/07 Plan
2007 12/4/06 Plan
2006 12/5/05 Plan
2005 12/15/04 Plan
2004 11/25/03 Plan
2003 12/9/02 Plan
2002 12/5/01 Plan
2001 1/2/01 Plan
2000 3/27/00 Plan