Scranton Housing Authority
400 Adams Avenue
Scranton, Lackawanna County, PA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Scranton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

The Scranton Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from November 2015 until February 2016.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period

  1. Visit the SHA office.
  2. Applicants who do not live locally could have called the SHA office to have a pre-application mailed to them. Pre-applications were not mailed to local applicants.
The following preferences were identified: Elderly, disabled, working.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission, after sorting preferences.

The SHA will notify the public when this waiting list reopens through local newspapers and Channel 16 News.

For more information, call the SHA office at (570) 348-4415.

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.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Scranton Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 7 projects which contain 1,291 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,006 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Scranton 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 Scranton Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (56%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (44%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Scranton 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, Scranton Housing Authority scored an average of 89 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2006 and a low score of 77 in 2004. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Scranton 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 Scranton Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 9/9/11 Plan
2010 9/13/10 Plan
2009 9/17/09 Plan
2007 9/11/07 Plan
2006 9/20/06 Plan
2005 9/16/05 Plan
2004 8/26/04 Plan
2003 9/30/02 Plan
2002 7/8/02 Plan
2001 9/20/01 Plan
2000 11/22/00 Plan