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Berks County Housing Authority

1803 Butter Lane
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19606

Berks County Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of June 22nd, 2021, Berks County Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Berks County Housing Authority serves Berks County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Brooke Estates, Jefferson Heights, Richard Delp Townhomes, and Cacoosing Meadows Public Housing Open Now
Tarsus Manor Senior Housing Open Until Further Notice
Berks County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Berks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and 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 October 26, 2020 the BCHA website states "Until further notice, BCHA will conduct all business via phone or online. Our offices will be closed to the public."

More information is available here.

 

Open Now: Brooke Estates, Jefferson Heights, Richard Delp Townhomes, and Cacoosing Meadows Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Berks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Brooke Estates, Jefferson Heights, Richard Delp Townhomes, and Cacoosing Meadows is currently open. Applications will be accepted from June 21, 2021 at 9:00 am, until June 29, 2021 at 9:00 am ET.

Please note: Each property has the following bedroom sizes:

  • Brooke Estates, is located at 200-280 Haycreek Rd. (1 & 2 bedrooms only)
  • Jefferson Heights, is located at 1600-1614 Buchanon Drive / 1600-1619 Lincoln Court. (1, 2 & 3 bedrooms only)
  • Richard Delp Townhomes, is located at 1803 Butter Lane. (1 & 2 bedrooms only)
  • Cacoosing Meadows, is located at 701-735 Spring Street / 310-320Windmill Road (1, 2 & 3 bedrooms only)

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application available here.
  2. Print the paper application that will be available here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the BCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BCHA public notice on June 3, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Birdsboro, Laureldale, Exeter and Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

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.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/21/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Tarsus Manor Senior Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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, 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 on 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 06/08/2021.

Other Berks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Berks County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/22/2021, it is not known if Berks County 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 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 511 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, 2020:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 480 31
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $521 $691
Monthly Cost $249,893 $21,432

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