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

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

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

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

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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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Wilkes Barre Housing Authority manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 87. The scores for properties managed by Wilkes Barre Housing Authority range from a high of 93 to a low of 81.

The highest scoring property in the Wilkes Barre Housing Authority portfolio is Valley View Terrace and the lowest scoring property is Boulevard Townhomes.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Wilkes Barre 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. Wilkes Barre Housing Authority owns and manages 856 public housing units in 6 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Wilkes Barre Housing Authority is $290.00 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 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


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