Johnstown Housing Authority

501 Chestnut Street
Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania 15906

Johnstown Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 20th, 2019, Johnstown Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Johnstown Housing Authority serves Cambria County.

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

Open Johnstown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least August, 2018, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

The JHA offers 11 Public Housing communities with 521 units dedicated to elderly/disabled households, and 983 units for families. A complete list of of each community can be found here.

To apply, 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.

No documents are needed at this time.

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 05/15/2019.

Other Johnstown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: 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 currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in September, 2018; and before that in June, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the application at the JHA office.
  2. Pick up an application at the JHA office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Persons Who Live or Work in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Veterans, and Active Military.

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

For more information, visit the JHA website or call the office at (814) 535-7771.

Last Updated on 11/04/2018.

About Johnstown Housing Authority

More information about Johnstown Housing Authority can be found on its website at

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.

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
HCV Portability Status

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 most recent VMS report, Johnstown Housing Authority manages 850 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 616 53 128
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $385 $217 $1,051
Monthly Cost $237,416 $11,501 $134,548

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.

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