Luzerne County Housing Authority
250 First Avenue
Kingston, Luzerne County, PA


Section 8 HCV 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.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne (HACL) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The HACL offers three public housing communities with 1,349 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you visit the HACL office to fill out an application, located at 250 1st Ave., Kingston, PA, during normal office hours. No documents are needed at this time.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, elderly, disabled, live and/or work in Luzerne County.

For more information the HACL can be reached by calling (570) 287-9661 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Luzerne County Housing Authority 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, Luzerne County 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 Luzerne County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (55%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (45%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Luzerne County 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 (, 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, Luzerne County Housing Authority scored an average of 87 points as of the last set of publicly available data. 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.

Luzerne County 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

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

The highest scoring property in the Luzerne County Housing Authority 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 Luzerne County Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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 Luzerne County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/22/11 Plan
2011 12/29/10 Plan
2010 12/31/09 Plan
2009 12/8/08 Plan
2008 12/8/08 Plan
2007 12/28/06 Plan
2006 1/3/06 Plan
2005 12/13/04 Plan
2004 12/24/03 Plan
2003 12/23/02 Plan
2002 12/20/01 Plan
2001 1/22/01 Plan
2000 5/15/00 Plan

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