Lancaster City Housing Authority

325 Church Street
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17602
(717) 397-2835

Lancaster City Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 22nd, 2019, Lancaster City Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Lancaster City Housing Authority serves Lancaster.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
5-Bedroom Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Lancaster City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Lancaster City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Lancaster City Housing Authority (LCHA) 5-Bedroom Public Housing waiting list is currently open, from September 17, 2018, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the LCHA website, or call the office at (717) 397-2835.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (717) 397-2835.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/03/2018.

Other Lancaster City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Lancaster City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Lancaster City Housing Authority (LCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Applicants placed on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the LCHA website, or call the office at (717) 397-2835.

Last Updated on 12/03/2018.

About Lancaster City Housing Authority

More information about Lancaster City Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.lchapa.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/22/2019, it is not known if Lancaster City Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Lancaster City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Lancaster City Housing Authority manages 890 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 800 1 28 37
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $580 $233 $407 $1,017
Monthly Cost $463,954 $233 $11,391 $37,625

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lancaster City 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 11% having issued approximately 82 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 12 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $13,194 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 61% 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, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

49% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lancaster City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 25% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% 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 Lancaster City Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $324 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $639. 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.


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