Chester Housing Authority

1111 Avenue of the States
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
(610) 876-5561

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

Chester Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Chester, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher programs. As of January 21st, 2019, Chester Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Chester, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on February 28th, 2019.

Chester Housing Authority serves Chester.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Chester, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Public Housing Closed

Open Chester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: Chester, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Waiting List Summary

  • What: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
  • When:  January 14th, 2019  at 12:00 PM  ET - February 28th, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
  • How to Apply:  Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Random Lottery
  • Preferences:  Elderly.  Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.  Veterans.  Working/Employed.  Disabled.  Referred by Local Assistance Program.  Learn More About Preferences

Waiting List Details

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from January 14, 2019 at 12:00 am, until February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

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

To apply, complete the online application here. Para aplicar durante el período de apertura completo la aplicación en línea aquí la aplicación en línea aquí.

This waiting list has the following preferences: HOPE VI relocatees, Elderly, Disabled, Working/Employed, Veterans, Live or Work Locally, persons who have completed homebuyer education, and/or have credit and mortgage approval and wish to purchase a home under the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership option.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via a written request to Chester Housing Authority Attn: Maria Zissimos, Esq 1111 Avenue of the States Chester, Pennsylvania 19013.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/14/2019.

Other Chester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

More information about Chester Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://chesterha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 01/21/2019, it is not known if Chester 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.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher 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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm
Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Chester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Chester Housing Authority manages 1,530 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,378 3 124 25
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $799 $606 $919 $737
Monthly Cost $1,100,433 $1,818 $113,937 $18,419

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Chester 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 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.


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