Lancaster County Housing Authority

202 North Prince Street
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17603

Lancaster County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Lancaster County Housing Authority serves Lancaster County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Lancaster County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Lancaster County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Lancaster County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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


As of May 2015, there are more than 700 families remaining on the LCHA waiting list.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Lancaster County Housing Authority

More information about Lancaster County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.lchra.com/.

Representatives of Lancaster County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (717) 394-0793. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/10/2019, it is not known if Lancaster County 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 County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Lancaster County Housing Authority manages 815 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 744 8 13 50
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $591 $314 $849 $1,134
Monthly Cost $439,575 $2,514 $11,039 $56,713

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lancaster County 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 48 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 79 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,957 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

53% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

63% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 20% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lancaster County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 38% with 3 or more bedrooms. 7% 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 County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $381 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $685. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



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.