Franklin County Housing Authority

436 W Washington Street
Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
(717) 263-4200

Franklin County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 19th, 2019, Franklin County Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Franklin County, Pennsylvania Mainstream (Non-Elderly Disabled) Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Franklin County Housing Authority serves Franklin County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Franklin County, Pennsylvania Mainstream (Non-Elderly Disabled) Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Franklin County, Pennsylvania General Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Franklin County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Franklin County, Pennsylvania Mainstream (Non-Elderly Disabled) Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from January 7, 2019 at 9:00 am ET, until 30 applications are accepted.

Please note: According to the FCHA, families under the age of 62 and disabled who are homeless, near homeless, institutionalized, or near institutionalization, are eligible to apply. Before an application is considered as complete, the FCHA requires the applicant to provide proof of income, copies of birth certificates, and social security cards for all household members. Also, a photo identification card is required for all household members 18 years of age or older.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application on the FCHA website here. Please note: As of 9:30 am ET, no link to the online application can be found.
  2. Complete the application at one of the two Franklin County offices, located at 436 West Washington Street, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 17201, or 202 Elder Avenue, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, 17268, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, ET.
  3. Pick up an application at one of the two FCHA offices at the above addresses during office hours.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be dropped off at one of the two Franklin County offices, at the addresses above during office hours.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the FCHA public notice here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (717) 263-4100..

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/07/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least January 7, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in Franklin County; Working at least 30 hours a week over 12 months; Elderly; Disabled; Victim of domestic violence; Federally declared disaster zone. More information about the preferences can be found here.

For more information, visit the FCHA Information on Admissions Process 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 (717) 263-4200.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/07/2019.

Other Franklin County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) General Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three months from March until June, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to download and print the application online.

Once the application was completed, it must have been mailed or hand delivered to the FCHA office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Homeless; Working; Victim of domestic violence; Elderly; Disabled

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the FCHA Section 8 Program page here.

Last Updated on 01/07/2019.

About Franklin County Housing Authority

More information about Franklin County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://fcha.net.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/19/2019, it is not known if Franklin County 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 Franklin County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Franklin County Housing Authority manages 315 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 313 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $368 $709
Monthly Cost $115,131 $1,417

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Franklin 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 6% having issued approximately 49 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 27 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $13,541 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 15% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 83% 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, 38% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

32% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

35% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 22% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Franklin County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 65% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

42% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Franklin County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $333 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $451. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $109.



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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