About Housing Authority of the County of Erie

The Housing Authority of the County of Erie is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Corry, Pennsylvania.

The Housing Authority of the County of Erie serves Erie County, Erie, Albion, Edinboro, Harborcreek, Fairview, Waterford, Corry and North East.

Housing Authority of the County of Erie Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Erie County and Corry Housing Authorities (ECCHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The ECCHA offers seven communities for families and senior/disabled individuals. Please follow this link for a complete list of each community.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link to apply online

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation number. Please write that number down for future reference.

The ECCHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: disabled, displaced by government action, displaced by natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, elderly, family with children, live/work/attend school in the City or Corry or Erie County.

More information can be found by visiting the ECCHA website, or by calling 814-665-5161 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Erie Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Erie manages 892 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
Vouchers 820 34 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $366 $470 $569
Monthly Cost $300,343 $15,989 $2,276

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County 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 19% having issued approximately 45 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 11 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $11,476 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 71% 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, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

43% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

9% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 5% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Erie Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Erie voucher holders in 2016 was $268 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $513. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $136.



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.