Pottsville Housing Authority
410 Laurel Boulevard
Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA

570-628-2702 http://www.pottsvillehousing.net/

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 Pottsville Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers six communities ranging in size from studios to 5 bedrooms, for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must call the housing authority to make an appointment at 570-628-2702 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: involuntarily displaced by government action or by fire, or a natural disaster, city worker, enrolled in job or educational training program, elderly, disabled, veteran, victim of domestic violence, or victim of a hate crime.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.pottsvillehousing.net/, or by calling 570-628-2702, during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Pottsville Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 6 projects which contain 508 affordable rental units. It also administers 371 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Pottsville Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Pottsville Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (58%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (42%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Pottsville 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, Pottsville Housing Authority scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 88 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Pottsville 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.

Pottsville Housing Authority manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 79. The scores for properties managed by Pottsville Housing Authority range from a high of 89 to a low of 68.

The highest scoring property in the Pottsville Housing Authority portfolio is Laurel Court Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Laurel Terrace.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 3/6/12 Plan
2011 3/21/11 Plan
2010 3/31/10 Plan
2009 3/26/09 Plan
2008 3/18/08 Plan
2007 3/21/07 Plan
2006 4/4/06 Plan
2005 3/17/05 Plan
2004 4/5/04 Plan
2003 3/28/03 Plan
2002 4/23/02 Plan
2001 3/1/01 Plan
2000 6/2/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Section 8 Size


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