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


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Reading Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on December 18th, 2015.

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for more than one week in December 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Reading, PA is about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, PA.

There were two ways to apply in 2015:
  1. Download and print the pre-application on the RHA website.
  2. Call the RHA to request a pre-application be mailed to you.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must have been mailed to the RHA between the opening dates. Only one pre-application per envelope was accepted. Only one pre-application per household was accepted. Pre-applications postmarked after the closing date were not accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live, work have been hired to work, or attending school in Reading.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

The RHA placed qualified applicants on the waiting list by random lottery.

All applicants will be notified in writing that their pre-application has been accepted.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (610) 775-4813.

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 Status

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Reading Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update September 15th, 2015.

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

Please note: As of September 2015, the RHA website states, "at this time pre-applications are only being accepted for the 5-bedroom units." However, this information is incorrect. We have confirmed with a RHA representative that the 5-bedroom waiting list closed on June 29, 2015.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (610) 775-4813.

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 (, 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 as of the last set of publicly available data. 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 (, 2012)

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