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Johnstown Housing Authority

501 Chestnut Street
Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania 15906

Johnstown Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of February 28th, 2021, Johnstown Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Johnstown Housing Authority serves Cambria County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Cambria County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon
Johnstown Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Johnstown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Johnstown Housing Authority Website: http://jhaonline.org/.

Johnstown Housing Authority Phone: (814) 535-7771.

COVID-19 Update:

As of February 19, 2021, the JHA website states "JHA offices are currently operating Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our offices are closed to public entry without an appointment. Official business can still be conducted via phone, email, mail, fax or drop-boxes."

more information is available here.

Open Soon: Cambria County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2021 at 8:00 am ET, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the application at the JHA administrative building, located at 501 Chestnut St. Johnstown, PA, between 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  1. Live or work in Cambria County, Pennsylvania
  2. Veterans

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 JHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the JHA on February 19, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814) 535-7771.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/23/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2018, until further notice. 

Please note: A complete list of of each community can be found here.

To apply during the opening period, pick up an application at the JHA office, located at 501 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the address above, or mailed to P.O. Box 419, Johnstown, PA 15906.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Live, work, or have been hired to work in Cambria County
  • Veteran.

For more information, visit the JHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814) 535-7771.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/23/2021.

About Johnstown Housing Authority

More information about Johnstown Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://jhaonline.org/.

Representatives of Johnstown Housing Authority may be available by phone at (814) 535-7771. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of February 28th, 2021, it is not known if Johnstown Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 08/28/2018, Johnstown Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Johnstown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Johnstown Housing Authority manages 816 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, 2019:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 586 48 134
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $389 $206 $951
Monthly Cost $227,855 $9,903 $127,466

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Johnstown Housing Authority

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 46 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $10,296 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% 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 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

10% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

46% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

29% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Johnstown Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 63% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Johnstown Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $272 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $452. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $170.



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 Johnstown Housing Authority

Vine Street Towers

525 Vine St
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
55+
62+

Connor Towers

527 Vine St
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
62+

Townhouse Towers

420 Vine St
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
62+

Prospect Homes

341 Gray Ave
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Oakhurst Homes

599 Brush Ave
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Nanty Glo Homes

68 Fulton Dr
Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania
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Studio-4 BR
Family & Senior

Solomon Homes

1201 Solomon St
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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1-5 BR
Family & Senior

Loughner Plaza

51 Akers St
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
62+