Allentown Housing Authority

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

About Allentown Housing Authority

The Allentown Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

As of January 8th, 2018 we have confirmed Allentown Housing Authority has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The Allentown Housing Authority serves Allentown.

Allentown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Allentown, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Now

FEBRUARY
8th

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from January 8, 2018 at 8:30 am, until February 8, 2018. No closing time has been identified. It was last open for one month in August 2015.

Please note:

  • As of January 8, the AHA website states "The Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List is currently closed to new applicants." This information is incorrect. We confirmed with an AHA representative that the waiting list is open until February 8, 2018.
  • An AHA representative stated that this waiting list closes at "midnight." But we are waiting on confirmation if it closes on February 8 at 12:00 am, or February 8 at 11:59 pm.

To apply, complete the online application here.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library, or one at the AHA office, located at 1339 W Allen Street Allentown, PA 18102.

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

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

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

Summary

  • What: Allentown Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Opening
  • When: January 8th, 2018-February 8th, 2018
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application available here.
  • Reasonable Accommodation: Applicants who need help completing the application due to age or disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at (610) 439-8678.
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.  Victims of Domestic Violence.  Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.  Those Displaced by Government Action. 

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 01/09/2018.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

FEBRUARY
8th

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications, from January 8, 2018 at 8:30 am ET, until February 8, 2018. No closing time has been identified.

To apply, complete the online application here.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library, or one at the AHA office, located at 1339 W Allen Street Allentown, PA 18102.

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

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

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

Summary

  • What: Allentown Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • When: January 8th, 2018-February 8th, 2018
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application available here.
  • Reasonable Accommodation: Applicants who need help completing the application due to age or disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at (610) 439-8678.
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.  Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.  Those Displaced by Government Action. 

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 01/08/2018.

More information about Allentown Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.allentownhousing.org/.


About the Allentown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Allentown Housing Authority manages 1,444 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers1,304112133
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$646$432$704$487
Monthly Cost$841,807$4,756$14,793$16,059

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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