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Berks County Housing Authority

1803 Butter Lane
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19606

Berks County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 10th, 2020, Berks County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Tarsus Manor Senior Housing Other Senior Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Berks County Housing Authority serves Berks County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Tarsus Manor Senior Housing Open Until Further Notice
Berks County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Brooke Estates, Chestnut Court Apartments, Laurel Court Apartments, Northvale Hill Apartments, Rittenhouse Apartments, and Warwick Aparments Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed

Open Berks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Berks County Housing Authority Website: https://www.berksha.org/.

Berks County Housing Authority Phone: (610) 370-0822.

COVID-19 Update: As of April 1, 2020 Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if this waiting list is still open.

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Tarsus Manor Senior Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior Waiting List

The Berks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Tarsus Manor Senior Housing waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2019 until further notice.

According to the BCHA, "Tarsus Manor Senior Housing is a 33-unit development of one-bedroom apartments for senior citizens (ages 62 and over), located at 701 East Locust Street, Fleetwood, PA."

To apply during the opening period, open and print the application online here. Scroll down to the table that says "Tarsus Pre Application" and select the "Download" button.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be mailed to Berks County Housing Authority, 1803 Butter Lane, Reading, Pennsylvania, 19606.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the BCHA website.

Sources, this information was verified by the Berks County Housing Authority, as of March, 2020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (610) 370-0822.

Last Updated on 03/04/2020.

Other Berks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Berks County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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: Brooke Estates, Chestnut Court Apartments, Laurel Court Apartments, Northvale Hill Apartments, Rittenhouse Apartments, and Warwick Aparments Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Berks County Housing Authority (BCHA) waiting list for Studio and 1-Bedroom, Senior and Disabled Public Housing apartments at Brooke Estates, Chestnut Court Apartments, Laurel Court Apartments, Northvale Hill Apartments, Rittenhouse Apartments, and Warwick Aparments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 2, 2020, until March 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

These communities are at the following locations:

  • Boyertown: Rittenhouse &Warwick Apartments, located at 38-40W. Philadelphia Ave. & 60 S. Reading Ave. (Two-story walk up).
  • Birdsboro: Brooke Estates, located at 228-280 Haycreek Rd. and Chestnut Court Apartments, located at 226 Chestnut St. 
  • Womelsdorf: Northvale Hill Apartments, located at 201 N. 4th St. (Two-story walk up).
  • Fleetwood: Laurel Court Apartments, located at 1 N. Laurel St. (Two-story walk up).

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete an online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Veteran
  • Live or Work in Berks County

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Berks County Housing Authority, as of March 4, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Boyertown, Birdsboro, Fleetwood, and Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 03/31/2020.

About Berks County Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Berks County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (610) 370-0822. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.


About the Berks County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Berks County Housing Authority manages 523 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 496 27
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $487 $552
Monthly Cost $241,749 $14,899

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 Apartments Operated by Berks County Housing Authority

Jefferson Heights

1 N Laurel St
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania

Low Income Housing Managed by Berks County Housing Authority

Skyline View Apartments

50 North 9th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
$345-610
1 BR
Subsidized