Schuylkill County Housing Authority
245 Parkway
Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, PA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Schuylkill County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Schuylkill County Housing Authority (SCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on April 1, 2014 and is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply

  1. Complete a pre-application at the SCHA office, located at 245 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972, from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
  2. Call (570) 385-3400 to schedule an appointment at various SCHA properties.
The following documents are required when submitting the pre-application: Proof of income, birth certificates, and Social Security Cards of all members of the household.

It is not known how qualified applicants are placed on the waiting list. We have contacted the SCHA office for clarification, and will update this page when more information becomes available. In the meantime, please contact the SCHA for more information.

For more information, visit the SCHA website, or call the office at (570) 385-3400.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Schuylkill County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 28th, 2015.

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

This housing authority offers four public housing communities with 609 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the housing authority to apply in person, located at 245 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, PA, during normal office hours Monday-Thursday. Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: proof of all income, birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or by calling 570-385-3400 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Schuylkill County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 609 affordable rental units. It also administers 631 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Schuylkill County 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 High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Schuylkill County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (49%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (51%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Schuylkill 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, Schuylkill County Housing Authority scored an average of 98 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 92 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Schuylkill 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)

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 Schuylkill County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/1/12 Plan
2011 2/22/11 Plan
2010 3/9/10 Plan
2009 3/6/09 Plan
2008 3/18/08 Plan
2007 3/14/07 Plan
2006 3/3/06 Plan
2005 3/14/05 Plan
2004 2/23/04 Plan
2003 4/3/03 Plan
2002 4/5/02 Plan
2001 3/5/01 Plan
2000 5/15/00 Plan