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Housing Authority of the City of Erie

606 Holland Street
Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16501

Housing Authority of the City of Erie is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 17th, 2021, Housing Authority of the City of Erie has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of the City of Erie serves Erie.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Erie, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of the City of Erie Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of the City of Erie Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Erie Website: https://www.hace.org/.

Housing Authority of the City of Erie Phone: (814) 452-2425.

COVID-19 Update:

As of April 26, 2021, the HACE website states "HACE Offices including the application offices are open by appointment. Residents and applicants will be required to wear a mask and children under 16 will not be permitted in the offices."

More information is available here.

Open Now: Erie, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from May 10, 2021 at 8:30 am, until May 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Call (814) 456-2028 to request an application by mail.
  3. Pick up an application from the HACE HCV Program Office, located at 606 Holland Street, Erie, PA 16501.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Postmarked from May 10, 2021 at 8:30 am through May 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm, and mailed to the Housing Authority of the City of Erie, 606 Holland Street, Erie, PA 16501.
  2. Dropped off at the HACE drop box at the address and times mentioned above.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the HACE website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACE on May 6, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814) 456-2028.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/11/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2015, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, call the Application Office at (814) 452-4221.

For more information, visit the HACE website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814) 452-2425.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/27/2021.

About Housing Authority of the City of Erie

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Erie can be found on its website at https://www.hace.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Erie may be available by phone at (814) 452-2425. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/17/2021, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Erie 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 Housing Authority of the City of Erie Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Erie manages 991 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 903 7 81
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $435 $776 $272
Monthly Cost $392,982 $5,430 $22,024

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Erie

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 40 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $12,064 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% 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

7% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

51% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

53% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 43% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Erie Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 45% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% 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, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 2% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Erie voucher holders in 2016 was $282 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $478. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $142.



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 Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of the City of Erie

Harbor Homes

1819 E 18th St
Erie, Pennsylvania
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1-3 BR

Lake City

1400 E 19th St
Erie, Pennsylvania
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1-4 BR

John E. Horan Garden Apartments

1932 Bird Dr
Erie, Pennsylvania
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1-3 BR
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Pineview

4202 Schaper Ave
Erie, Pennsylvania
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2-4 BR

Joseph A. Schmid Towers

153 E 6th St
Erie, Pennsylvania
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1 BR

Friendship Towers

111 E 11th St
Erie, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Leonard J. Ostrow Apartments

4220 Davison Ave
Erie, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR