Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna

2019 W Pine Street
Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania 18512
(570) 342-7629

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna is a Public Housing Agency in Dunmore, Pennsylvania 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
Family Public Housing Closed
Senior Public Housing Closed

Other Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Waiting Lists

Closed: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in February, 2019; and before that for six months from January until July, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the HCV office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or Work Locally, Veterans, or Victims of Domestic Violence.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

For more information, visit the HACL Housing Choice Voucher Program page here.

Last Updated on 02/15/2019.

Closed: Family Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) Family Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 4-Bedroom units from January until May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to download and print the application online.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly, Disabled, Live or Work Locally, Veterans, Homeless, Victims of Domestic Violence, or Displaced by Natural Disaster.

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

For more information, visit the HACL Public Housing page, or the HACL website.

Last Updated on 06/10/2019.

Closed: Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) Elderly (62+) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to download and print the application online.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Disabled, Live or Work Locally, Veterans, Homeless, Victims of Domestic Violence, or Displaced by Natural Disaster.

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

For more information, visit the HACL Public Housing page, or the HACL website.

Last Updated on 05/31/2019.

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/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/17/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna 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 Lackawanna Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna manages 640 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 529 5 92
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $435 $1,080 $411
Monthly Cost $230,352 $5,402 $37,846

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.


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