About Bethlehem Housing Authority

The Bethlehem Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The Bethlehem Housing Authority serves Bethlehem.

Bethlehem Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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

This housing authority offers six communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and five family communities, located throughout Bethlehem. For a complete list of each community this housing authority offers, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing please follow this link to download an application for public housing.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the housing authority, located at 645 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018, during normal office hours. Be sure to include supporting documents with your application if you are claiming a preference.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Bethlehem, employed, displaced by natural disaster, homeless, disabled, or veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://bha645.homestead.com/, or by calling 610-865-8301 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Bethlehem Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans. The Homeless. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 05/28/2015.

Bethlehem Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Bethlehem Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list is currently closed.

According to the housing authority's most recent 5 year plan completed in 2010, the Section 8 waiting list was open at that time.  In 2010, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list had a total of 624 families on it.  The Section 8 program experienced an annual turnover of 279 families.  Using those metrics, in 2010, it would have taken about 2 years and 3 months to get through the waiting list.

According to a news article in The Express Times in 2013, Bethlehem Housing Authority's Section 8 program was negatively affected by the Federal budget sequester and would not be issuing new vouchers as they turn over.  The total budget cut was $1 million of its $9.6 million annual budget for vouchers.  The housing authority had a reserve fund that allowed it to continue providing assistance to existing voucher holders but would not be filling any vacancies as vouchers became available.

However, the public housing waiting list is open and you can download the paper application here:  http://bha645.homestead.com/DOC031915-03192015171849.pdf.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.


About the Bethlehem Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Bethlehem Housing Authority manages 423 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 400 2 12 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $623 $431 $539 $586
Monthly Cost $249,142 $862 $6,468 $5,271

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bethlehem 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 5% having issued approximately 91 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 64 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $15,057 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

45% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 18% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bethlehem Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 26% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Bethlehem Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $373 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $746. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $148.



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 Bethlehem Housing Authority

1302 Marvine St
Marvine is a 389 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
645 Main St
High Rises is a 400 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
1504 Woodbine St
Northeast is a 366 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
847 Argus Ct
Park Lyn is a 300 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
1524 Woodbine St
Bayard Homes is a 20 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
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Affordable Apartments near Bethlehem Housing Authority

1005C Livingston St
Bethlehem Townhouse is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Bethlehem.
11 W 4th St
Step - by - Step is a 5 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities
737 Main St
Moravian House I is a 162 unit low income housing apartment community in Bethlehem.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance