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Bucks County Housing Authority

350 S. Main Street
Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 18901

Bucks County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Doylestown, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Mainstream Voucher, and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of April 3rd, 2020, Bucks County Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Lower Bucks County Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Central and Upper Bucks County Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Bucks County Housing Authority serves Bucks County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Bucks County, Pennsylvania Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Postponed
Family Unification Program Housing Choice Voucher Postponed
Family Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Lower Bucks County Senior Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Central and Upper Bucks County Senior Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Bucks County, Pennsylvania General Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Bucks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Bucks County Housing Authority Website: http://buckscountyhousingauthority.org.

Bucks County Housing Authority Phone: (215) 348-9469.

COVID-19 Update:  Affordable Housing Online has confirmed that the Pennsylvania Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List and the Family Unification Program waiting lists are postponed. Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if the other waiting lists are still open. As of April 3, 2020, the Bucks County Housing Authority website says:

"The Bucks County Housing Authority will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19."

More information can be found here

Postponed: Bucks County, Pennsylvania Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Mainstream (Non-Elderly Disabled) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently postponed. Applications were last accepted from April 24, 2019, until an unconfirmed close date. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: 

  • The BCHA has not explicitly stated that this waiting list is closed, but there's a notice on its website that says "The Bucks County Housing Authority will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19." Applications may not be available while the office is closed.
  • According to the BCHA, this waiting list is, "solely for non-elderly (under age 62) disabled individuals who qualify for HUD’s Mainstream Voucher Program, as follows:
  1. Literally Homeless – living in places not meant for human habitation: on the street/in car, abandoned building, parks; emergency shelter or
  2. Transitioning out of an institution or other congregate setting or
  3. Living in housing that is funded by a public/private agency and the funding assistance is time-limited."

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pick up an application at the BCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher office, located at 240 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, Pennsylvania 19054; from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  2. Call ( 215) 945-6110 to request an application by mail, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to the BCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher office located at the address above.
  2. Dropped off at the BCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher office the address and hours above.

There are no preferences.

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

For more information, visit the BCHA website here.

 

Last Updated on 03/26/2020.

Postponed: Family Unification Program Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Family Unification Program (FUP) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently postponed. Applications were last accepted from May 21, 2019, until an unconfirmed close date. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note:

  • The BCHA has not explicitly stated that this waiting list is closed, but there's a notice on its website that says "The Bucks County Housing Authority will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19." Applications may not be available while the office is closed.
  • According to the BCHA, this waiting list is "solely for families that qualify for a HUD Family Unification Program (FUP) Voucher, as follows:
  1. Must be a client with Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency
  2. Is the parent or guardian of a child/children who is already placed outside the family home and stable housing is the primary reason for the delay in reunification
  3. Is the parent or guardian for one or more children who is/are at risk of being placed outside the family home and stable housing is the primary reason for the placement
  4. Is a youth that the Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency can certify is between 18 – 24 years old, and who has left foster care/will leave foster care within 90 days, and is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless."

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pick up an application at the BCHA office, located at 240 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, Pennsylvania 19054; from Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00, and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
  2. Call (215) 945-6110 to request an application by mail, from 10:00 am to 12:00, and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to the BCHA office located at the above address.
  2. Dropped off at the BCHA office located at the above address Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preference: Live or work in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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

For more information, visit the BCHA website.

Last Updated on 03/26/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Family Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the BCHA website here, and complete the online application for a community with an open waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (215) 348-9469.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/26/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Lower Bucks County Senior Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Lower Bucks County Senior Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the BCHA website here, and complete the online application for a community with an open waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (215) 348-9469.

Last Updated on 04/17/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Central and Upper Bucks County Senior Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Central and Upper Bucks County Senior Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the BCHA website here, and complete the online application for a community with an open waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (215) 348-9469.

Last Updated on 04/17/2019.

Other Bucks County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Bucks County, Pennsylvania General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bucks County Housing Authority (BCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in February, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the BCHA website here.

Last Updated on 04/17/2019.

About Bucks County Housing Authority

More information about Bucks County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://buckscountyhousingauthority.org.

Representatives of Bucks County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (215) 348-9469. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 9:00am to 4:30pm ET.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 04/10/2019, Bucks County Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bucks County Housing Authority manages 2,748 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 Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,498 12 14 63 19 142
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $687 $928 $612 $1,002 $679 $649
Monthly Cost $1,716,108 $11,135 $8,566 $63,141 $12,907 $92,146

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bucks 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 17% having issued approximately 160 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.7 persons and has a household income of $14,907 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% 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 77% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 34% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

28% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

35% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bucks County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 42% include at least one person with a disability. 58% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

57% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 10% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% 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 Bucks County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $361 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $749. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $110.



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 Bucks County Housing Authority

Grundy Towers

205 Pond St
Bristol, Pennsylvania

Grundy Manor

111 E Lincoln Ave
Telford, Pennsylvania

Rehab Project

20 Lincoln Ave
Bristol, Pennsylvania

Grundy Gardens I & II

430 S Olds Blvd
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Macintosh Regency

185 Kenwood Dr N
Levittown, Pennsylvania

Venice Ashby II

1601 Foster Avenue Cir
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Income Based
1-5 BR

Low Income Housing Managed by Bucks County Housing Authority

Venice Ashby I

5401 Beaver Dam Rd
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Income Based
2-5 BR
Subsidized