Philadelphia a city in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

This city is served by the Philadelphia Housing Authority

Philadelphia Housing Authority
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

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

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list was last open in March 2010, and will not re-open until most of the applications on the current waiting list have been served. Prior to that opening, the waiting list was last open in 2000.

Approved applicants will be pulled from the waiting list in order of the date and time they submitted the application.

The PHA stated it received 54,000 applications during its last opening.

The PHA estimates that 2,500 vouchers become available per year. If all 54,000 applicants are eligible, it would take more than 21 years for all of the 2010 applicants to be served.

Please note: The PHA has requested applicants who are on the waiting list to update their application by March 6th, 2015. If an applicant did not respond by that date, their application was terminated.

For more information, please contact the PHA at 215-684-4000.

Philadelphia Housing Authority
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting senior-designated housing and special programs waiting list applications.

Please note: The Public Housing waiting list has been closed since April 2013.

To apply, complete the online application here. The page may say there is an error, and that you must turn your cookies on. If you see this message, press back and click the link again. The application should appear now.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

For more information, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (215) 684-4174.

Market Overview

Philadelphia is a city in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The population of Philadelphia, according to the 2010 Census, is 1,526,006. The total number of households in the city is 599,736. The average household size for Philadelphia is 2.21. The total number of renter households in the city is 275,200 which means that 45.9% of households are renter households.

Philadelphia’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

Section 8 89 8,911
LIHTC 448 9,676
Section 202 69 4,472
Section 811 25 278
Public Housing 56
Total 588 21,165
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Philadelphia is 36.00. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is University Square Apartments at 442 units and the smallest is 742 West Wellens Avenue at 1 unit(s). 102 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 5,991 units. Of the 21,165 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
Montgomery Townhouses 135
Sarah Allen Senior Housing 87
Sharswood Townhouses II 60
Dorado Village 81
The Pavilion 296
University Square Apartments 442
Washington Square West 132
Casa Farnese Apartments 288
Spring Garden Towers 209
742 West Wellens Avenue 1
Mercy Douglas Residences 61
Neighborhood Restoration Xii 53
Allegheny Gardens 87
Venango House 105
Woodstock Cooperative 108
Neighborhood Restoration Xiii 36
Borinquen Associates Ii/asociacion De Pu 45
Francisville Village 42
Monument Mews 60
Edgewood Manor II Associates/the Ingerma 56
Imani Homes Lp/peoples 24
Crease Dyre Supported Independent Living 11
Scottish Rite House 126
Neighborhood Restoration Xi 27
Coral St Arts House 27
Pensdale Apartments 65
Inglis Gardens I @ Eastwick 24
Ken-crest Pa 2006 12
Belmont Affordable Hsng III 46
Clover Affordable Housing L.p./waverly 11
Kates Place 144
Stevendon L. Gibbone 1
Fitzwater Homes Phase II 22
Yorktown Arms Lp/yorkto 56
Schuylkill Falls 135
Germantown Interfaith 96
Castor Supported Independent Living 10
Haddington Elderly 136
Carl Mackley Apartments 184
Neighborhood Restoration VIII 55
Newhall Manor 26
Caton Village 20
Belmont Gardens 27
Zag Development L.p./zag Inc. 15
Mantua Supported Independent Living 10
6065 Kingsessing 1
Friends Guild House West 100
Cheshire House 12
Washington Lane Section 811 14
St Anthony's Senior Residence 53
Anthony Wayne Senior Housing 39
Pennrose Management Inc 65
Simpson Fletcher Conestoga Hse 61
Belmont Affordable Housing V 24
Clara Baldwin Apartments 60
West Poplar Apartments 140
Ken-crest Centers - Pa 2000 6
Overmont House 250
Orianna Street Lp/women 23
Sarah Allen Homes Partners/215-nds Rehab 36
Pinn Gardens 40
Neighborhood Restoration Xiv 80
Opportunities Towers III 60
Path Mr Housing 25
Breslyn Apartments 60
St George Athenagoras 94
Brighton Court Apartments 69
Parkside Preservation Project 82
Inglis Gardens At Germantown 14
Aspen-olive Associates/pennrose Properti 22
Chatham Court Apartments 44
Casa Caribe 53
Westminster Hoopes 4
Tioga Gardens Lp/pennro 31
Larchwood Gardens Apartments 180
Caribe Towers 57
Belmont Affordable Housing IV 7
Bustleton Supported Independent Living 11
Church Lane Apartments 40
Kings Highway Phase II 31
Opportunities For Aging 151
Mr Residences 7
936 E. Price Street 1
Kearsley Lp/kearsley Re 87
Neighborhood Restoration Xv 65
Raymond Rosen Apartment 152
Somerville Homes 24
Escalera Associates/asociacion De Puerto 24
Sidewater House 62
Reed House 67
Tioga Affordable Housing One Lp/tioga A 7
Ascension Manor 281
Suffolk Manor Apartments 137
Haddington Partners II Lp/philadelphian 28
Haddington Partners L.p./philadelphia C 21
Riverside Presbyterian 151
West Mill Creek Associates III L.p./the 72
Co-mhar Residence 18
University City Townhouses 70
Susquehanna Townhouses 37
Lower Germantown L.p. II 33
Federation Apartments 323
Liberty Resources Condos Five 5
Meadow House 50
Shalom Apartments 155
Brethen Housing Lp/grea 19
Family Resource Center 49
Queens Court Apartment 32
Stephen Smith Towers 140
4th And Diamond Streets 32
On Lok House 55
Reba Brown Senior Residence 74
Ralston Mercy-douglass House 55
1807 Eleanor Street 1
Franklin Park Apartments 125
Kairos House 36
Hestonville Associates/the Ingerman Grou 24
Lipscomb Square 65
Gray Manor Apartments 130
6th 20
Unico Village 165
Scottish Rite Tower 107
Cobbs Creek Nsa 85
Saligman North 107
Lillian Holiday Residence 15
Hogar Deesperanza 20
Cecil B. Moore Village Assocs L.p./the 34
Tioga Presbyterian Apartments 114
Rieder House A/k/a Center Park 78
Cambridge III 40
Universal Courts II 2
Webster Street House 8
Inglis Gardens II @ Eastwick 18
Tioga Affordable Housing Two L.p. 7
Zion Gardens Apartments 94
Transition to Independent Living 11
Wister Townhouses 200
Walnut Thompson L.p./1260 Housing Devel 35
Jones Memorial 38
Co-mhar Sircl 8
Robert Saligman House 181
Martin Luther King Hope VI II 45
Philadelphia Ivy House/the Salvation Army 74
Manor Glen 50
Beckett Garden Apartments 132
Center-south Supported Independent Living 20
Center Post Village 84
S 55th St Lp/the Ingerm 20
1515 Fairmount Ltd Part 48
Girard Affordable Housing L.p./waverly 9
Mount Carmel Gardens 48
2033 E Hazzard Street 1
Somersville Associates '92 Lp 24
Ogontz Hall Apartments Rentals 25
Enon Toland Apartments 67
Belmont Affordable Housing II 20
Fop Sr Citizen Inc 106
Simpson Mid-town 40
American Postal Workers House 300
Lehigh Apartments 11
Haddington Townhouses 126
Mh Residence 13
Ruby Housing 11
Iris Nydia Brown Townhouses 12
Corinthian Square 61
Mt Olivet 161
Avondale Housing 18
Belmont Affordable Housing L.p./waverly 17
Neighborhood Restorations L.p. Vi/w P B. 49
Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments 84
Kensington Townhouses 71
Dunlap Apartments 35
Magnolia Mews 63
Friends Guild House East 91
Diamond Park 48
Old City Presbyterian 59
Diamond Street III Venture/pennrose Prop 35
Tasker Village Associates 28
Presbyterian Apartments At 58th Street 75
Aspen Affordable Housing 18
Cambridge Plaza Phase II 40
Booth Manor Ii* 49
Sidney Hillman Apartments 273
Dynasty Court 56
P.a.t.h. Group Homes 24
Woodcrest Housing 11
Melon Suppd Indep Lvg 5366 10
Fourth Street Access L.p./1260 Housing 24
Opportunities Tower II 126
Artist Village Associates L.p./artist V 36
William B Moore Manor Aka Tenth Memorial Baptist H 60
Rudolphy/mercy-douglass Home 16
Haverford House 28
South Philadelphia Presbyterian 66
Philip Murray House 308
St. George's Manor 6
Foulkrod Apartment Associates/the Ingerm 52
Universal Court Associates/pennrose Prop 32
Scattered Sites 4
Haven Peniel 2006 -2134 U 54
Villas Del Caribe Ltd Partnership/h.a.c. 81
Mary Field 100
1604 W Allegheny 60
2601 N Broad Street Associates Lp/the I 108
15th 39
Philippian Gardens 49
Neighborhood Restorations L.p. Vi/w P B 37
Mantua Presbyterian Apartments 65
St Joseph's Affordable Housing Lp/frankl 62
Mlk Affordable Altman General Corp/mlk 21
Morelane Gardens 22
Sansom House 47
Norris Square Senior Housing 35
Help Philadelphia I 40
16th 53
Neighborhood Restorations L.p.v 75
Beecham Complex 6
2206 Cantrell Rehabilitat. 1
Ivy Residence II 53
Olde Kensington Pavillion 104
Sheldrake Apartments 33
St Ignatius Senior Housing 67
Bernice Arms 46
Marlton Residences 25
Brentwood The 42
Cloisters III 50
Spencer's Place 22
Cloisters I 45
Cloisters II 65
Community House 73
Diamond Street II 23
Mansion Court Phase II Venture/pennrose 19
Mansion Court I 30
Diamond Street I 48
Falls Ridge 135
Hedgerow Apartments 80
Mantua Gardens East 52
Maple Mount Vernon 43
Center In The Park Sr Housing 70
Martin Luther King III 45
Mt. Carmel Gardens 48
Regent Terrace 80
Susquehanna II 47
Lofts At Brewerytown The 62
Tioga Gardens 33
Vernon House 68
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Philadelphia

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Philadelphia, there are 204 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households. In addition, Philadelphia Housing Authority provides 19,571 Section 8 rental vouchers in Philadelphia.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Philadelphia, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $40,150 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits


Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Philadelphia is in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Philadelphia is $80,300.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits


Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2,045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

In Section 8 Project Based apartment communities, the maximum rent a tenant may pay is set by the landlord and approved by HUD each year. Initially, the rent charged by the apartment property is limited to the FMR for the area. In some instances, HUD may approve an initial rent of up to 120% of the FMR for the area. Owners may request and HUD may approve annual contract rent increases based on an Annual Adjustment Factor (AAF) determined by local housing and utility costs changes Though contract rents are seldom exactly the same amount as the Fair Market Rent for the area and each Project Based apartment property will have its own contract rent, the FMR can be used as an approximate guide of what maximum contract rents might be.

The amount a Section 8 Project Based tenant will pay is 30% of their adjusted income.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the maximum amount the housing authority will pay a landlord is established each year for similar types and sizes of units and is called a Payment Standard. Each housing authority sets its own Payment Standard and usually sets the amount at between 90% and 110% of the Fair Market Rent for the area.

The amount a voucher holder pays for rent, often referred to as a Tenant Contribution, is equal to 30% of their income. If the rental the tenant selects has rent higher than the housing authority Payment Standard, a tenant may pay up to 40% of their income to make up the difference. At least initially, the tenant would not be allowed to pay more than 40% of their income and would have to find a different rental that has a qualifying rent amount.

In Philadelphia, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Philadelphia Housing Authority might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $1,211 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Philadelphia with a Section 8 voucher looking to rent a 3 bedroom apartment must find a rental that rents for about $1,515 per month (including the utility allowance). Any amount more than that, the voucher holder could pay the difference as long as they aren’t paying more than 40% of their income. (Note: These rent amounts are approximate since the housing authority’s Payment Standard is likely to be slightly different than HUD’s published FMR. These FMR’s should only be used as a guide. Check with the Philadelphia Housing Authority for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

$845 $1,003 $1,211 $1,515 $1,686

Fair Market Rent Percentage Change Since 1988

The affordable housing industry has long used the FMR as barometer for local rents. Though the geographic areas FMR’s are based on are broad and there are often wide variations in neighborhood rents throughout an MSA, in general, the FMR is one of the best quick tools one can use to judge housing costs in a place.

We took a look at historic FMR’s in Philadelphia and found that they have risen an average of 3.27% year over year. The first year in our sample is 1985 when the two bedroom FMR was $440. That same 2 bedroom apartment rent had increased to $1119 by 2013. In 2001 the two bedroom FMR in Philadelphia saw it’s largest single year increase going up by 10.03%.

It’s also interesting to look at the FMR compared to the Consumer Price Index’s housing index to understand how Philadelphia rents have fluctuated in comparison to the rest of the Nation. The consumer price index grew an average of -0.89% year over year. The two bedroom FMR in Philadelphia has grown faster than the CPI indicating faster than average rent growth in the market.

The largest single year of 2 bedroom FMR growth was in 2001 at 10.03% while the smallest year of growth was 2006 with a 3.06% decrease.




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Renters Who Taxi, Bike, or Walk to Work


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Philadelphia Housing Authority

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