Public Housing Waitlist: Open

This information was last updated on May 28th, 2015.

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 or Work 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.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waitlist: Open

This information was last updated on May 28th, 2015.

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 for Senior and Disabled Opening
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Persons Who Live or Work 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.

Bethlehem Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

This information was last updated on July 20th, 2015.

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.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
Northeast 69/100 06/12/2014
High Rises 76/100 06/06/2014
Park / Lyn 80/100 06/10/2014

Public Housing Operated by Bethlehem Housing Authority

1302 Marvine St
Marvine participates in the following programs:
Public Housing
645 Main St
High Rises participates in the following programs:
Public Housing
1504 Woodbine St
Northeast participates in the following programs:
Public Housing
847 Argus Ct
Park Lyn participates in the following programs:
Public Housing
1524 Woodbine St
Bayard Homes participates in the following programs:
Public Housing

Affordable Apartments near Bethlehem Housing Authority

941 E 4th St
941 E 4th St participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
43 W Spruce St
43 - 55 W Spruce St participates in the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Bethlehem Housing Authority serves the following locations in the state of Pennsylvania: