Housing Authority of the County of Chester

30 W Barnard Street, Suite 2
West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania 19382

Housing Authority of the County of Chester is a Public Housing Agency in West Chester, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of December 13th, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of Chester has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Housing Authority of the County of Chester Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Chester serves Chester County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the County of Chester Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of the County of Chester Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of the County of Chester Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Housing Authority of the County of Chester Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Chester (HACC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

For more information, visit the HACC website, or call the office at (610) 436-9200.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (610)436-9200.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.

Other Housing Authority of the County of Chester Waiting Lists

Closed: Housing Authority of the County of Chester Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Chester (HACC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in October 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACC website, or call the office at (610) 436-9200.

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Chester is notaccepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.

About Housing Authority of the County of Chester

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Chester can be found on its website at http://www.haccnet.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Chester may be available by phone at (610) 436-9200. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/13/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Chester 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 County of Chester Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Chester manages 1,685 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,211 5 2 8 21 332 106
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $726 $728 $846 $959 $700 $650 $680
Monthly Cost $879,094 $3,638 $1,691 $7,674 $14,694 $215,928 $72,082

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Chester

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 8% having issued approximately 190 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 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 $14,647 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

42% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

67% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 55% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Chester Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 53% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 62% 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, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 County of Chester voucher holders in 2016 was $420 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $772. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $176.



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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