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.

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 Now

The Lawrence County Housing Authority (LCHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The LCHA offers seven public housing communities with 835 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to obtain an application for public housing:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 481 Neshannock Ave., P.O. Box 988, New Castle, PA 16103, during normal office hours Monday-Friday.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 724-656-5100 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to the address listed above.

The LCHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, homeless, live and/or work in Lawrence County, involuntarily displaced, substandard housing, or rent burden.

More information can be found by visiting the LCHA website at http://www.lawrencecountyha.com/index.html, or by calling 724-656-5100 during normal office hours.


Summary

  • What: Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Mail Application

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.

Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence (HACL) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened in September 2014, and is open indefinitely.

 

There are two ways to apply:

 

  1. Pick up a pre-application at the HACL office, located at 481 Neshannock Avenue, New Castle, PA 16103, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm ET; and 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download and print the pre-application online here.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be mailed to:

 

HACL

481 Neshannock Ave.

PO Box 988

New Castle, PA 16103-0988

 

The following preferences have been identified: Live in Lawrence County, involuntarily displaced, veteran, rent burden. Further explanation of the preferences can be found on the pre-application.

 

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

 

The HACL will notify applicants of their waiting list status by mail.

 

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

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.


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

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence manages 281 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 257 1 23
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $332 $412 $392
Monthly Cost $85,209 $412 $9,023

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.


Public Housing Operated by Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

630 Crescent Ave
Walnut Ridge is a 145 unit low income housing apartment community in Ellwood City.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
219 N Beaver St
Skyview Towers is a 212 unit low income housing apartment community in New Castle.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
401 Neshannock Ave
Brinton Sciota Big Run is a 171 unit low income housing apartment community in New Castle.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
211 W Moody Ave
Lawrence Manor is a 150 unit low income housing apartment community in New Castle.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
701 Altman Rd
Harbor Hts Grant St Lincoln is a 196 unit low income housing apartment community in New Castle.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
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Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence

159 Alpha Dr
Wampum Park is a 23 unit low income housing apartment community in Wampum.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
5826 Old Pulaski Rd
Westfield Apartments is a 8 unit low income housing apartment community in New Wilmington.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Based Rental Assistance Accessible Units Persons With Disabilities
1116 S Mercer St
Vista South Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in New Castle.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units