Shamokin City Housing Authority
1 E Independence Street
Shamokin, Northumberland County, PA


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Shamokin City Housing Authority (SCHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher applications.

Please note: As of May 2015, the SCHA does not have a waiting list and vouchers are currently available. There is no notice of when sign ups will close.

To apply, you must visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 1 E Independence St., Shamokin, PA, during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. 

Be sure to bring these original documents with you when handing in your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, verification of assets, copies of bank statements, and photo IDs for all adult household members. All adult household members must be present when handing in the application.

The SCHA does have a preference and a full list of each preference is on the front page of the application.

For more information, the SCHA can be reached by calling (570) 644-0431 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Shamokin City Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 202 affordable rental units. It also administers 221 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Shamokin City Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Shamokin City Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (48%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (52%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Shamokin City 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, Shamokin City Housing Authority scored an average of 82 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2008 and a low score of 64 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Shamokin City 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Shamokin City Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 84. The scores for properties managed by Shamokin City Housing Authority range from a high of 85 to a low of 83.

The highest scoring property in the Shamokin City Housing Authority portfolio is Hillcrest Apartments and the lowest scoring property is Raspberry Hill.

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

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Shamokin City Housing Authority owns and manages 202 public housing units in 2 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Shamokin City Housing Authority is $278.00 compared to the state average of $294.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Pennsylvania ranges from a low of $223.00 to a high of $385.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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 Shamokin City Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 10/8/10 Plan
2008 1/9/09 Plan
2005 10/31/05 Plan
2004 11/23/04 Plan
2003 10/4/02 Plan
2002 7/16/02 Plan
2001 11/13/01 Plan
2000 10/6/00 Plan

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