Berks County Housing Authority

1803 Butter Lane
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania
(610) 370-0822

Berks County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Reading, Pennsylvania. As of October 16th, 2018, Berks County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Senior Apartments Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Berks County Housing Authority serves Berks County.

Open Berks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

(Premium Content)

Waiting ListStatus
Senior ApartmentsOpen Indefinitely

Unlocking will use 1 of your remaining free monthly credits. | About Premium Content

Other Berks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Berks County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Berks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open for one week in July, 2018. There is no notice 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: Persons Who Live or Work Locally, Those Terminated from Assistance Due to Lack of Funding,Those Displaced by Government Action,Current PHA Residents, or Referred by Local Assistance Program.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BCHA website, or call the office at (610) 370-0822.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Berks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the BCHA website, or call the office at (610) 370-0822.

Last Updated on 08/29/2018.

About Berks County Housing Authority

More information about Berks County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.berksha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/16/2018, it is not known if Berks County Housing Authority is aborbing 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 Berks County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Berks County Housing Authority manages 503 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 487 16
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $489 $492
Monthly Cost $238,055 $7,870

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Berks 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 15% having issued approximately 37 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 20 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $16,510 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 56% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% 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

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 33% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 9% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

47% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 12% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Berks County 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. 38% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 28% 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 Berks County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $406 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $543. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $132.



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 Berks County Housing Authority

1 N Laurel St
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Jefferson Heights is a 209 unit low income housing apartment community in Fleetwood.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Income Based
Public Housing
View More
  • «
  • 1
  • »

Apartment Communities managed by Berks County Housing Authority

50 North 9th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Skyline View Apartments is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Income Based
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Project-Based Rental Assistance
View More
  • «
  • 1
  • »