About Allegheny County Housing Authority

The Allegheny County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny County Housing Authority serves Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Duquesne, Munhall, Turtle Creek, Carnegie, Verona, Pitcairn, Bridgeville, East Pittsburgh, Bethel Park, West Mifflin, Millvale, Oakmont, Sharpsburg, Russellton, North Versailles, Penn Hills, Tarentum, Clairton, Braddock, Rankin, Crafton, West View, Braddock Hills, Wilmerding, Dormont, Dravosburg, Wilkinsburg, Indiana, Imperial, Swissvale, Coraopolis, Port Vue, Monroeville, Cheswick, Forest Hills, Oakdale, North Braddock, Findlay, White Oak, Gibsonia and Clinton.

Allegheny County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Veteran, victim of domestic violence.

For more information, visit the ACHA website, or call the office at (412) 355-8940.

Last Updated on 04/10/2017.

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in May 2017; and prior to that for two weeks from September until October 2014.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

After applying, applicants will receive a confirmation number. It is important to keep this number in a safe and easy to access place. It will be required to find out your status on the waiting list.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery. Results of the lottery drawing will be published online on May 16, 2017.

For more information, visit the ACHA website, or call the office at (412) 355-8940.

Last Updated on 05/08/2017.


About the Allegheny County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Allegheny County Housing Authority manages 5,583 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 4,812 45 59 374 293
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $467 $592 $349 $618 $440
Monthly Cost $2,247,719 $26,659 $20,619 $231,174 $128,788

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Allegheny County Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 573 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 33 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $13,131 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

49% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

70% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 68% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Allegheny County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 71% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 30% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Allegheny County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $315 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $572. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $171.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Allegheny County Housing Authority

510 Station St
Caldwell Station Apartments is a 18 unit low income housing apartment community in Wall.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
507 Groveton Dr
Groveton Village Apartments is a 69 unit low income housing apartment community in Coraopolis.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
411 E 8th Ave
Homestead Apartments Phase II is a 244 unit low income housing apartment community in Homestead.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
481 E 8th Ave
Homestead B Towers ( Phase IIi ) is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community in Homestead.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance

Affordable Apartments near Allegheny County Housing Authority

2115 Park Hill Drive
Maple Ridge is a 91 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Pittsburgh. Rents at Maple Ridge are $870-925.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
255 East Ohio Street
Allegheny Commons is a 136 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Pittsburgh. Rents at Allegheny Commons are $580-889.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
101 Delaware Ave.
Munroe Tower Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Oakmont.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance