Franklin County Housing Authority

436 W Washington Street
Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania 17201
(717) 263-4200

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

Franklin County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. As of July 23rd, 2019, Franklin County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Franklin County Housing Authority serves Franklin County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Franklin County, Pennsylvania General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Franklin County, Pennsylvania Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Franklin County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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, or the FCHA website.

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 04/15/2019.

Other Franklin County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) 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, or the FCHA website.

Last Updated on 04/15/2019.

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

The Franklin County Housing Authority (FCHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from January until April, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the FCHA, "Only families who are under the age of 62, disabled, and meet one of the following categories are eligible to apply: homeless, near homeless, institutionalized or near institutionalization."

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application. The application was available in English and Spanish.
  2. Complete the application at one of two Franklin County offices.
  3. Pick up an application at one of two Franklin County offices.

Once the paper application was completed, it must have been dropped off at one of the two Franklin County offices.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the FCHA website here.

Last Updated on 04/15/2019.

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 04/05/2019, Franklin County Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area 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 Franklin County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Franklin County Housing Authority manages 319 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 319
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $370
Monthly Cost $117,993

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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