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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 housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 5th, 2021, Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Jessup Project-Based Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna 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 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 the 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.

Open Now: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from May 3, 2021 until May 14, 2021. The open time has not yet been confirmed.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Pick up the application from the HACL main office, located at 2019 W. Pine St., Dunmore, PA 18512
  2. Print the paper application available here.

All questions on the application must be answered and signed by all household members 18 years old or older. Any forms received that are incomplete will not be accepted or returned.

Once the application has been completed, it must be postmarked by May 14, 2021, and mailed to the Lackawanna County Housing Authority, 2019 W Pine St., Dunmore, PA 18512.

This waiting list has 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 will be equal to five (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) will be equal to three (3) points.
  • Reside or work in the City of Carbondale or City of Scranton will be equal to two (2) point.
  • Veterans, elderly, and disabled families will be equal to one (1) point for each preference.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACL website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACL on April 23, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania (except for Scranton and Carbondale).

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (570) 342-7629.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/03/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna (HACL) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from January 11, 2021 at 9:00 am ET, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Print the paper application available here. Select the "Click Here to Download Printable Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application in person from the the vestibule at the HACL office, located at 2019 W. Pine St., Dunmore, PA 18512.

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

  1. Dropped off at the HACL main office, address mentioned above on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm only, any applications being dropped off outside of these times may be put in the drop box located at the HACL main office.
  2. Mailed to the Lackawanna County Housing Authority, 2019 W Pine St, Dunmore, PA 18512

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the HACL website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACL on January 11, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (570) 342-7629.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/23/2021.

Other Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna Waiting Lists

Closed: Jessup Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/05/2021, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna manages 699 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 Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 582 5 98
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $439 $1,058 $413
Monthly Cost $255,225 $5,288 $40,492

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