Chester Housing Authority

1111 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA

There are no open waiting lists offered by Chester Housing Authority. Go to the Pennsylvania Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Pennsylvania Public Housing Waiting Lists page for nearby housing applications.

Closed: Chester, Pennsylvania Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.

The CHA  last accepted applications for this waiting list from January 17, 2023, until January 31, 2023. There is no notice when this waiting list will reopen. 

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as followed:

  • 1 Person $36,900 | 5 Persons $56,950
  • 2 Persons $42,200 | 6 Persons $61,150
  • 3 Persons $47,450 | 7 Persons $65,350
  • 4 Persons $52,700 | 8 Persons $69,600

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Received Homebuyer/ Homeownership Education Certificate
  • Veteran of US Armed Forces
  • Employment/Elderly/Disabled
  • City of Chester Resident

It was not known how selected applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA website notice on January 24, 2023.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Last Updated on 01/31/2023.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month in November, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Chester, PA is about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Involuntary displacement, veteran, employed, live in Chester.

For more information, visit the CHA Public Housing page here.

Last Updated on 01/09/2019.

About Chester Housing Authority

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

For more information, visit the CHA Public Housing page here.     

 

Public Housing Program

For more information, visit the CHA Housing Choice Voucher page here.

About the Chester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Chester Housing Authority manages 1,506 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,377 3 102 24
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $870 $775 $968 $751
Monthly Cost $1,198,405 $2,326 $98,732 $18,015
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 14% having issued approximately 111 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 34 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $13,854 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 51% 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, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

53% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 87% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Chester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 22% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 16% with 2 bedrooms and 64% with 3 or more bedrooms. 32% 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 Chester Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $330 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $909. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $168.

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.