McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

415 West Main St
Smethport, McKean County, Pennsylvania
(814) 887-5563

McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Smethport, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 19th, 2019, McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The McKean County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority serves McKean County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
McKean County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: McKean County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (MCRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Scroll to the section titled "McKean County Application," and click the "Download" button.
  2. Call the MCRHA at (814) 887-5563 to request an application by mail.

This waiting list has the following preferences: McKean County resident for 6+ months, elderly, disabled, veteran, currently serving in the military, working 20+ hours per week, victim of domestic violence. There is also a special preference, known as a super preference, for applicants displaced by a natural disaster declared by their governor or the President of the United States. Those who qualify for the super preference are given immediate priority over any other applicants.

As of October 2017, this waiting list is 24 months long.

For more information, visit the MCRHA website, or call the office at (814) 887-5563.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814) 887-5563.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/23/2017.

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (MCRHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Scroll to the section titled "McKean County Application," and click the "Download" button.
  2. Call the MCRHA at (814) 887-5563 to request an application by mail.

This waiting list has the following preferences: McKean County resident for 6+ months, elderly, disabled, veteran, currently serving in the military, working 20+ hours per week, victim of domestic violence. There is also a special preference, known as a super preference, for applicants displaced by a natural disaster declared by their governor or the President of the United States. Those who qualify for the super preference are given immediate priority over any other applicants.

As of October 2017, this waiting list is 18 months long.

For more information, visit the MCRHA website, or call the office at (814) 887-5563.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814) 887-5563.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/23/2017.

About McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

More information about McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.mckeancountyhousing.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/19/2019, it is not known if McKean County Redevelopment and 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 McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority manages 369 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 368 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $360 $726
Monthly Cost $132,308 $726

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for McKean County Redevelopment and 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 21 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $12,058 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% 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 79% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% 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.

29% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 65% of all households were headed by a female.

5% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 55% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 61% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

55% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $314 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $504. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $150.



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.