The Berks County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The Berks County Housing Authority serves Berks County, Reading, Topton, West Lawn, Robesonia, Douglassville, Mohnton, Shillington, Exeter, Birdsboro, Shoemakersville, West Reading, Hamburg and Womelsdorf.
As of March 31st, 2016 the Berks County Housing Authority manages 539 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$465||$493|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.