Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne
250 First Avenue, Kingston, Pennsylvania 18704

570-287-9661

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 1,349 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,115 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne 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 Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne between Public Housing Units (55%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (45%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne 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 Luzerne scored an average of 87 points. The housing authority had a high score of 93 in 2005 and a low score of 70 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne 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.

Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne manages 3 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 98. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne range from a high of 99 to a low of 96.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne portfolio is Exeter Gardens and the lowest scoring property is Lee Park Towers.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne have a passing score.

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

Waiting List Status:


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.

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Public Housing Projects

1,349

Public Housing Units

1,115

Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Public Housing Size

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type