About McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

The McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Smethport, Pennsylvania.

The McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority serves McKean County, Ford City, Bradford, Smethport, Annin, Bradfordship, Ceres, Corydon, Eldred, Eldredship, Foster, Foster Brook, Hamilton, Hamlin, Kane, Keating, Lafayette, Lewis Run, Liberty, Mount Jewett, Norwich, Otto, Port Allegany, Rew, Sergeant and Wetmore.

McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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

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

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.

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

Last Updated on 10/20/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

The MCRHA offers six communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and twelve family communities, located throughout McKean County.

There are two ways to obtain a public housing application:
1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 410 E. Water St., Smethport, PA, during normal office hours.
2. Download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members, and if you are claiming a victim of domestic violence preference you must provide documentation.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: elderly, disabled, McKean County resident for the last six months, veteran, working at least 30 hours a week, or a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.mckeancountyhousing.com/, or by calling 814-887-5563 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.

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


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 393 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 391 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $362 $436
Monthly Cost $141,443 $872

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.