Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

481 Neshannock Avenue
New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
(724) 656-5106

About Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

As of October 24th, 2017 we have confirmed Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence serves Lawrence County, New Castle, Wampum and West Pittsburg.

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence (HACL) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, pick up an application at the HACL office, located at 481 Neshannock Ave, New Castle, PA 1610.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the HACL at the address above on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, homeless, live and/or work in Lawrence County, involuntarily displaced, substandard housing, rent burdened.

For more information, visit the HACL website, or call the office at (724) 656-5106.

Last Updated on 10/24/2017.

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pick up an application at the HACL office.
  2. Download and print the application online.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed to:

HACL
481 Neshannock Ave.
PO Box 988
New Castle, PA 16103-0988

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live in Lawrence County, involuntarily displaced, veteran, rent burdened.

The HACL notified applicants of their waiting list status by mail.

As of October 2017, this waiting list is 24 months long.

For more information, visit the HACL website, or call the office at (724) 656-5106.

Last Updated on 10/24/2017.

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence can be found on its website at http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence manages 282 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardPorted OutVASH
Vouchers258123
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$320$419$407
Monthly Cost$82,680$419$9,368

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

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 23 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 12 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $12,185 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 20% 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 76% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 38% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 32% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

34% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

21% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 18% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence 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. 48% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

52% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 20% with 3 or more bedrooms. 6% 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 Lawrence voucher holders in 2016 was $284 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $370. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $133.



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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