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Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna

2019 W Pine Street
Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania 18512

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna serves Lackawanna County but does not serve Carbondale and Scranton.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Jessup Project-Based Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Website: http://www.hacl.org/.

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Phone: (570) 342-7629.

COVID-19 Update: As of March 25, 2020, the Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna website says:

"The Housing Authority of teh County of Lackawanna continues to monitor the latest information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In coordinating with city and state officials all HACL's offices will remain closed. A tentative date for our return is April 6, 2020."

More information can be found here.

Closed: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 7, 2019, until October 21, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: 

  • Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking or is seeking an emergency transfer under VAWA from HACL’s public housing program (5 Points). The applicant must certify that the abuser will not reside with the applicant
    unless HACL gives prior written approval.
  • Reside or work in Lackawanna County (excluding the City of Carbondale or City of Scranton) (3 Points)
  • Reside or work in the City of Carbondale or City of Scranton (2 Points)
  • Veterans, elderly, and disabled families (1 Point)

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACL website.

Last Updated on 12/07/2019.

Closed: Jessup Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) waiting list for Section 8 Project Based Voucher apartments at Jessup is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 7, 2019, until October 21, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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 date and time the application was received.

For more information, visit the HACL website.

Last Updated on 10/21/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 7, 2019, until February 18, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The last waiting list opening was for various communities.

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

According to HACL, "paper applications will NOT be available and fax requests will not be accepted."

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HACL website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna, as of March 11, 2020.

Last Updated on 03/11/2020.

About Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna

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

Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna may be available by phone at (570) 342-7629. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna manages 659 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, 2019:

Standard Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 540 5 99
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $425 $1,034 $411
Monthly Cost $229,719 $5,168 $40,732

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

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 12% having issued approximately 54 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.7 persons and has a household income of $12,821 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 79% 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, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 40% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 7% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

29% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

14% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 5% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 35% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

44% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Lackawanna voucher holders in 2016 was $330 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $473. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $147.



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 County of Lackawanna

Old Forge Housing

2 Little League Blvd
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Dunmore Housing

208 N Blakely St
Dunmore, Pennsylvania

Jessup Housing

616 Grier St
Dickson City, Pennsylvania