Lehigh County Housing Authority

635 Broad Street
Emmaus, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 18049
(610) 965-4514

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.

Lehigh County Housing Authority serves Lehigh County but does not serve Allentown and Bethlehem.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Lehigh County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Lehigh County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

Please note: The Lehigh County Housing Authority covers Lehigh County, with the exception of Allentown and Bethlehem, PA. Please click the prior links for information on those areas.

The Lehigh County Housing Authority (LCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications, from June 14, 2016, until August 16, 2016.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Click the link titled "Housing Application" in the #3 section under "How do you apply for housing?"
  2. Pick up an application at 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, PA 18049.
  3. Pick up an application at 120 N 3rd St., Emmaus, PA 18049.
  4. Call (610) 433-2312, Ext. 3 to request an application be mailed to you. Slowly and clearly sate your name and address during the message. An application will be mailed within 10 business days.
Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application can call (610) 433-2312, Ext. 201 to make an appointment.

Once the application has been completed, it must be dropped off to the Application and Waiting List Office, located at 120 N. 3rd St., Emmaus, PA 18049, or mailed to 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, PA 18049.

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 will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Applicants will be notified of their placement by mail.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the LCHA website, or call the office at (610) 965-4514.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6109654514.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/15/2016.

Other Lehigh County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Lehigh County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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:

  1. Download and print the application online.
  2. Pick up an application in person.
  3. Call to request an application be mailed to you.

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.

About Lehigh County Housing Authority

More information about Lehigh County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.lehighcountyha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

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.


About the Lehigh County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

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
Vouchers 747 77 12 265
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $673 $804 $895 $562
Monthly Cost $502,983 $61,907 $10,736 $148,996

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lehigh 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 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.

Income Characteristics

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.

Heads of Household Characteristics

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.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

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.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

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.


Public Housing Operated by Lehigh County Housing Authority

George Dilliard Manor

425 Kuntz St
Slatington, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+

Ridge Manor

333 Ridge St
Emmaus, PA
1 BR
62+

Clarence Aungst Towers

1101 Seneca St
Fountain Hill, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible

Franklin Balliet Apartments at Macungie Meadows

101 W Main St
Macungie, PA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized
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Apartment Communities managed by Lehigh County Housing Authority

Ridge Manor II

120 N 3rd St
Emmaus, PA
$641
1 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Catasaugua Apartments

118 Bridge St
Catasauqua, PA
$635
1 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Atlantic Street Apartments

825 Atlantic St
Bethlehem, PA
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

E 4th St Apartments

1136 E 4th St
Bethlehem, PA
2 BR
HCV Welcome

Pennsylvania Ave Apartments

1460 Pennsylvania Ave
Bethlehem, PA
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome