About Allentown Housing Authority

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

The Allentown Housing Authority serves Allentown.

Allentown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Allentown Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Both waiting lists were last open for one month in August 2015. There is no notice of when either waiting list will reopen.

To apply, prospective applicants must have completed the online pre-application. This pre-application was available online only.

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

Last Updated on 08/31/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households. It was last open for nearly one month in August 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply in 2015, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only.

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

Last Updated on 08/31/2015.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List: Closed

The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households. It was last open for nearly one month in August 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply in 2015, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only.

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

Last Updated on 08/31/2015.

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 1,466 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 1,330 11 19 33
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $655 $520 $686 $453
Monthly Cost $871,347 $5,722 $13,027 $14,933

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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