Harrisburg Housing Authority

351 Chestnut Street
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 17101
(717) 232-6781

Harrisburg Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 20th, 2019, Harrisburg Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Harrisburg Housing Authority serves Harrisburg.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Family Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Harrisburg Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Family Public Housing Waiting List

The Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) is currently accepting Family Public Housing waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Harrisburg, PA is about 100 miles east of Philadelphia, PA.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the "Application for Admission" link.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or dropped off to the HHA Leasing Office, located at Governor’s Plaza, 2101 North Front Street, Building #3, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA  17110.

For more information, visit the HHA website, or call the office at (717) 232-6781.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (717) 232-6781.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/17/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) is currently accepting Elderly/Disabled Public Housing waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Harrisburg, PA is about 100 miles east of Philadelphia, PA.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Select the "Application for Admission" link.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or dropped off to the HHA Leasing Office, located at Governor’s Plaza, 2101 North Front Street, Building #3, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA  17110.

For more information, visit the HHA website, or call the office at (717) 232-6781.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (717) 232-6781.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/17/2018.

Other Harrisburg Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in August, 2018; and before that from February until March, 2016, and for three days in October, 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Harrisburg, PA is about 100 miles east of Philadelphia, PA.

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

    Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

    Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

    For more information, visit the HHA website, or call the office at (717) 232-6781.

    Last Updated on 10/27/2018.

    About Harrisburg Housing Authority

    More information about Harrisburg Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.harrisburghousing.org/.

    HCV Portability Status

    As of 05/20/2019, it is not known if Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

    As of the most recent VMS report, Harrisburg Housing Authority manages 1,192 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

    Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
    Vouchers 721 85 33 129 139
    Monthly Cost Per Voucher $614 $235 $884 $454 $562
    Monthly Cost $442,359 $19,977 $29,182 $58,609 $78,123

    Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Harrisburg 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 25% having issued approximately 43 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.

    Income Characteristics

    According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,246 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

    Heads of Household Characteristics

    5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

    55% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

    88% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 70% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

    Of all households participating in the Harrisburg Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 90% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

    Bedroom Size and Overhousing

    33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 22% with 2 bedrooms and 45% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 Harrisburg Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $354 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $587. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $162.



    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 Operated by Harrisburg Housing Authority

    Morrison Towers

    351 Chestnut St
    Harrisburg, PA

    Lick Tower

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    Harrisburg, PA

    Scattered Site

    2634 Lexington St
    Harrisburg, PA

    W Howard Day Homes

    1112 N 13th St
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    Geo a Hoverter Homes

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