Bethlehem Housing Authority

645 Main Street
Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 18018
(610) 865-8312

Bethlehem Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Bethlehem Housing Authority serves Bethlehem.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Bethlehem Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Bethlehem Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Bethlehem Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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.

Last Updated on 02/20/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

As of February 14th, 2018 the Bethlehem Housing Authority is no longer accepting new public housing waiting list applications.

If you have previously applied to the Bethlehem Housing Authority, call 610-419-3180 to check your applicant status.


Last Updated on 02/20/2018.

About Bethlehem Housing Authority

More information about Bethlehem Housing Authority can be found on its website at

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (610) 865-8312.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/22/2019, it is not known if Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Bethlehem Housing Authority manages 429 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 397 2 17 7
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $640 $564 $575 $888
Monthly Cost $254,092 $1,128 $9,779 $6,218

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.

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