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

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

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 Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Johnstown Housing Authority operates 1,510 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Johnstown Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 38% 1 bedroom apartments, 32% 2 bedroom apartments, 21% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Johnstown Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 1,487 out of a total 1,510 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.52%.

Family Type

Of the 1,242 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 170 (13.69%) were elderly, 1,072 (86.31%) were non-elderly, 576 (46.38%) were disabled, 439 (35.35%) contained children and 407 (32.77%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Johnstown Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Johnstown Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $213.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $213. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $240. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $480. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $80.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Johnstown Housing Authority portfolio, 33% of households identified as Black, 65% identified as White, and 3% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Johnstown Housing Authority properties, 1,157 were Extremely Low Income, 258 were Very Low Income, 64 were Low Income and 6 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Johnstown Housing Authority properties is $8,495. Of all public housing residents, 16% have no income and 2% earn more than $25,000 while 82% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Johnstown Housing Authority public housing 16% have wage income, 81% have welfare income, 58% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 12% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 1,487 households containing 2,535 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.7.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 35.35% of households included children. Across all household members in Johnstown Housing Authority public houins units 16.8% are aged zero to five and 16.1% are aged 6 to 17.

17.1% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 50% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Johnstown Housing Authority public housing communities. 27.24% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.83% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.93% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Johnstown Housing Authority manages 11 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 65. The scores for properties managed by Johnstown Housing Authority range from a high of 93 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Johnstown Housing Authority portfolio is Fulton I Connor Towers and the lowest scoring property is Prospect Homeownership Phase I.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 73% of properties managed by Johnstown Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

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