Wilkes Barre Housing Authority
50 Lincoln Plaza
Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, PA

570-825-6657 http://pahra.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Wilkes Barre Housing Authority is currently closed and not accepting new applications.

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 : Open

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

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

The WBHA offers six public housing communities with 856 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to obtain a public housing application:
1. Applicants that reside within the county must visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 50 Lincoln Plaza, Wilkes Barre, PA, during normal office hours.

2. Out of county applicants can request an application be mailed to them by mailing the request to the address listed above.

Once the application has been completed, you must hand deliver it to the address listed above. 

Be sure to bring these documents with you: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members. All adult household members must be present at the time of handing in the application.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, disabled, elderly, or live and/or work in Wilkes Barre.

For more information, call the housing authority at 570-825-6657 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Wilkes Barre Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 6 projects which contain 856 affordable rental units. It also administers 786 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Wilkes Barre 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 Wilkes Barre Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (52%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (48%) to that of all housing authorities in Pennsylvania, Wilkes Barre 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, Wilkes Barre Housing Authority scored an average of 93 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 99 in 2007 and a low score of 79 in 2009. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania is 79.00.

Wilkes Barre 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)

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 Wilkes Barre Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/18/12 Plan
2011 12/29/10 Plan
2010 12/8/09 Plan
2009 12/23/08 Plan
2008 1/8/08 Plan
2007 3/13/07 Plan
2006 3/3/06 Plan
2005 1/6/05 Plan
2005 1/6/05 Plan
2004 3/12/04 Plan
2003 12/4/02 Plan
2002 3/12/02 Plan
2001 6/21/02 Plan
2000 9/29/00 Plan