Allentown Housing Authority

1339 W Allen Street
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 18102
(610) 439-8678

Allentown Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Allentown, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Allentown Housing Authority serves Allentown.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Allentown, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Allentown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Allentown, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month from January until February 2018; and before that for one month in August 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Local, victims of domestic violence, displaced.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (610) 439-8678.

Last Updated on 02/09/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 02/08/2018.

About Allentown Housing Authority

More information about Allentown Housing Authority can be found on its website at

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/20/2019, it is not known if Allentown Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

About the Allentown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Allentown Housing Authority manages 1,506 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,374 9 9 39
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $651 $516 $656 $492
Monthly Cost $894,927 $4,640 $5,908 $19,191

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Allentown 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 147 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 84 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $14,902 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

56% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 54% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

87% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Allentown Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% 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. 81% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 24% with 2 bedrooms and 50% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Allentown Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $365 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $705. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $154.

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.

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