Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

481 Neshannock Avenue
New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania 16101

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence is a Public Housing Agency in New Castle, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs. As of August 23rd, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence serves Lawrence County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from September 4, 2018 at 9:00 am ET, until further notice. It was last open in July, 2017.

Lawrence County is about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

To apply, pick up an application at the HACL office, located at 481 Neshannock Ave, New Castle, Pennsylvania, 16101, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm (closed 12:00 pm until 12:30 pm), Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the HACL at the address above from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm (closed 12:00 pm until 12:30 pm), on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Veterans, Persons live and/or work in Lawrence County, Those displaced because of Domestic Violence, Those Displaced by Natural Disaster, Those Displaced by Government Action,Those Terminated from Assistance Due to Lack of Funding, and Households that are Rent Burdened.

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

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (724) 656-5100.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/07/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (724)656-5106.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/24/2017.

About Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence can be found on its website at http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/. Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence may be available by phone at (724) 656-5106. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/authservices.html?Submit=Waiting+List.

Open today from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Closed from noon to 12:30 pm for lunch.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/20/2018, Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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 262 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 237 2 23
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $330 $1,624 $338
Monthly Cost $78,311 $3,248 $7,776

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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