Altoona Housing Authority

2700 Pleasant Valley Boulevard
Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania 16602
(814) 949-2000

Altoona Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Altoona, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 20th, 2019, Altoona Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Altoona Housing Authority serves Altoona.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Altoona Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Altoona Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Altoona Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers two communities:
1. Fairview Hills is a 170 unit family community ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.
1614 First St., Altoona, PA 16601 

2. The Towers is a community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals ranging in size from studio's to 1 bedroom units.
1100 Eleventh St., Altoona, PA 16601

To obtain a public housing application, you can visit one of the communities listed above to pick up an application, or visit the central office located at 2700 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16601, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to one of the addresses listed above. Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth ceritficates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, proof of residency, disability verification, marriage certificate or proof of stable relationship, and divorce decree.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or by calling the central office at 814-949-2000 during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814)949-2000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.

Other Altoona Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Altoona Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Altoona Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Altoona Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/20/2019, it is not known if Altoona 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 Altoona Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Altoona Housing Authority manages 782 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
Vouchers 740 19 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $418 $261 $712
Monthly Cost $309,139 $4,963 $2,848

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Altoona 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 24% having issued approximately 35 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 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 12 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $11,244 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% 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.

35% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 66% of all households were headed by a female.

19% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Altoona Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 44% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

50% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 24% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Altoona Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $266 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $559. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $110.

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 Altoona Housing Authority

Fairview Hills

1501 15th St
Altoona, PA

Green Ave Towers

911 Green Ave
Altoona, PA
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