About Johnstown Housing Authority

The Johnstown Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The Johnstown Housing Authority serves Cambria County and Johnstown.

Johnstown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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

The JHA offers 11 public housing communities with 521 units dedicated to elderly/disabled individuals, and 983 units for families. For a complete list of each community, please follow this link.

To apply for public housing, you must visit JHA to pick up an application, located at 501 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 419, Johnstown, PA 15906, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The JHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Johnstown, or a veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the JHA website at http://jhaonline.org/, or by calling 814-535-7771 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Johnstown Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans.

  • 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.

Johnstown Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

To apply, you must visit the JHA office to pick up an application, located at 501 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 419, Johnstown, PA 15906, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The JHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Johnstown, or a veteran.

This information was confirmed by a JHA representative over the phone.

More information can be found by visiting the JHA website at http://jhaonline.org/, or by calling 814-535-7771 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/22/2015.


About the Johnstown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Johnstown Housing Authority manages 945 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 735 73 64
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $391 $229 $1,008
Monthly Cost $287,313 $16,721 $64,534

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 Operated by Johnstown Housing Authority

525 Vine St
Vine Street Towers is a 238 unit low income housing apartment community in Johnstown.
527 Vine St
Fulton I Connor Towers is a 252 unit low income housing apartment community in Johnstown.
420 Vine St
Townhouse Towers is a 170 unit low income housing apartment community in Johnstown.
383 Gray Ave
Prospect Homes is a 111 unit low income housing apartment community in Johnstown.
515 Lloyd Ct
Oakhurst Homes is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Johnstown.

Affordable Apartments near Johnstown Housing Authority

819 23rd St
Kennedy Court is a 4 unit low income housing apartment community in Northern Cambria.
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
1852 Saint Joseph St
Mountview Manor is a 61 unit low income housing apartment community in Cresson.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
102 Woodmont Rd
Laurel Wood Apartments is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Johnstown.
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