About Housing Authority of the County of McKean

The Housing Authority of the County of McKean is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Smethport, Pennsylvania.

The Housing Authority of the County of McKean serves McKean County, Ford City and Bradford.

Housing Authority of the County of McKean Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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

The MCRHA offers six communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and twelve family communities, located throughout McKean County.

There are two ways to obtain a public housing application:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 410 E. Water St., Smethport, PA, during normal office hours.
2. Download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members, and if you are claiming a victim of domestic violence preference you must provide documentation.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, McKean County resident for the last six months, veteran, working at least 30 hours a week, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.mckeancountyhousing.com/, or by calling 814-887-5563 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Housing Authority of the County of McKean Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Victims of Domestic Violence. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.


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

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of the County of McKean manages 397 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 395 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $360 $436
Monthly Cost $142,297 $872

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

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 18% having issued approximately 21 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 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 $12,058 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% 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

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

29% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 65% of all households were headed by a female.

5% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of McKean Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 55% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 61% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

55% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 McKean voucher holders in 2016 was $314 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $504. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $150.



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 McKean

420 E Water St
Tri - Boro Housing is a 136 unit low income housing apartment community in Smethport.
1 Riley Rd
Foster Twp Housing is a 80 unit low income housing apartment community in Bradford.
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Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of the County of McKean

2 South Ave
Emery Towers is a 101 unit low income housing apartment community in Bradford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
130 Greeves St
Central Towers is a 84 unit low income housing apartment community in Kane.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
2 South Avenue