Sunbury Housing Authority
705 Market Street
Sunbury, Northumberland County, PA

570-286-8563 http://www.cityofsunbury.com/Pages/City%20Hall/HousingAuthority.aspx

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Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Sunbury Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. This waiting list is open indefinitely. 


To apply, you must visit the SHA office in person to pick up an application, located at 705 Market Street, P.O. Box 458, Sunbury, PA 17801, 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: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members

The SHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Sunbury, victim of domestic violence, homeless, elderly, disabled, or victim of natural disaster.

Please note: As of May 2015, The SHA has issued all available vouchers and there are about 100 spots currently occupied on the waiting list.

This information was confirmed by a SHA representative over the phone.

For more information, the SHA can be reached by calling 570-286-8563 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Sunbury Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The SHA offers two public housing communities with 306 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the SHA office to pick up an application, located at 705 Market Street, P.O. Box 458, Sunbury , PA 17801, 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: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members. 

The SHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Sunbury, victim of domestic violence, homeless, elderly, disabled, or victim of natural disaster.

For more information the SHA can be reached by calling 570-286-8563 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Sunbury Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 306 affordable rental units. It also administers 240 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Sunbury Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Sunbury Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (56%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (44%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Sunbury 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, Sunbury Housing Authority scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2002 and a low score of 79 in 2009. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Sunbury 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.

Sunbury Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 92. The scores for properties managed by Sunbury Housing Authority range from a high of 94 to a low of 90.

The highest scoring property in the Sunbury Housing Authority portfolio is Memorial Acres and the lowest scoring property is Scott Tower/chestnut Tower.

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

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 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. Sunbury Housing Authority owns and manages 306 public housing units in 2 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Sunbury Housing Authority is $329.00 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 (hud.gov, 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 Sunbury Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/25/12 Plan
2011 9/13/11 Plan
2010 6/28/10 Plan
2009 6/26/09 Plan
2008 8/1/08 Plan
2007 6/15/07 Plan
2006 6/8/06 Plan
2005 7/5/05 Plan
2004 6/14/04 Plan
2003 6/27/03 Plan
2002 6/25/02 Plan
2001 6/15/01 Plan
2000 7/21/00 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Sunbury from ApartmentSmart

2

Public Housing Projects

306

Public Housing Units

240

Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Small (50 - 249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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