Lehigh County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Emmaus, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 20th, 2019, Lehigh County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.
|Public Housing||Open Indefinitely|
|Lehigh County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6109654514.
Last Updated on 06/15/2016.
The Lehigh County Housing Authority (LCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two months from June 2016 until August 2016, and before that in May 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
There were three ways to apply during the opening period:
Once the application was completed, it must have been dropped off to the Application and Waiting List Office, or mailed.
This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action; veteran living in units designated affordable paying more than 30% of income towards rent; live, work or attend school in Lehigh County, excluding Allentown and Bethlehem.
Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.
Applicants will be notified of their placement by mail.
For more information, visit the LCHA website, or call the office at (610) 965-4514.
Last Updated on 06/14/2017.
More information about Lehigh County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.lehighcountyha.org/.
As of 05/20/2019, it is not known if Lehigh 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.
As of the most recent VMS report, Lehigh County Housing Authority manages 1,101 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:
|Standard||Family Unification||Ported Out||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$673||$804||$895||$562|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 121 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $14,015 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 77% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 38% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 35% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
29% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.
35% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 11% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Lehigh County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 59% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 50% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
57% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 22% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Lehigh County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $362 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $690. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $135.
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.