Reading Housing Authority
400 Hancock Boulevard
Reading, Berks County, PA

610-775-4813

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9

Public Housing Projects

1,609

Public Housing Units

604

Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Public Housing Size

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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Reading Housing Authority
400 Hancock Boulevard
Reading, Berks County, PA

610-775-4813

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Reading Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 9 projects which contain 1,609 affordable rental units. It also administers 604 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Reading 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 Reading Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (73%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (27%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Reading 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, Reading Housing Authority scored an average of 84 points. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 67 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Reading 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.

Reading Housing Authority manages 4 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 85. The scores for properties managed by Reading Housing Authority range from a high of 91 to a low of 78.

The highest scoring property in the Reading Housing Authority portfolio is Hensler Homes and the lowest scoring property is Glenside Homes.

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

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 3/6/12 Plan
2011 3/2/11 Plan
2010 3/12/10 Plan
2009 3/6/09 Plan
2008 3/18/08 Plan
2007 3/8/07 Plan
2006 3/6/06 Plan
2005 2/25/05 Plan
2004 3/26/04 Plan
2003 7/11/03 Plan
2002 3/5/02 Plan
2001 4/19/01 Plan
2000 5/19/00 Plan