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Mercer County Housing Authority

Jefferson
Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania 16146

Mercer County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 11th, 2020, Mercer County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Mercer County Housing Authority serves Mercer County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Housing Choice Voucher Unknown

Open Mercer County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Mercer County Housing Authority Website: http://www.mercercountyhousingauthority.com/.

Mercer County Housing Authority Phone: (724) 342-4000.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least July, 2018, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, download and print the application online here. Select the "Download an Application" link.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (724) 342-4000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/28/2019.

Other Mercer County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Unknown: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

As of August 26, 2019, the Mercer County Housing Authority (MHA) website states "The waitlist is currently open." Affordable Housing Online has reached out to the MHA and are currently waiting for confirmation in regards to this wait list.

Last Updated on 08/26/2019.

About Mercer County Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Mercer County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (724) 342-4000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/11/2020, it is not known if Mercer 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 Mercer County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Mercer County Housing Authority manages 358 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 346 4 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $363 $280 $784
Monthly Cost $125,530 $1,119 $3,136

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mercer 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 23% having issued approximately 16 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 33 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $12,388 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% 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, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

46% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 44% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Mercer County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Mercer County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $301 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $451. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $155.



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 Apartments Operated by Mercer County Housing Authority

Frank L Fay Terrace

800 Linden St
Sharon, Pennsylvania

G. J. Vermeire Manor

325 Columbia St
Sharon, Pennsylvania

Sharpsville Gardens

100 1st Ave
Sharon, Pennsylvania

Malleable Heights

909 Market Ave
Farrell, Pennsylvania

Centennial Place Phase I

112 Wallis Ave
Farrell, Pennsylvania

Centennial Place Phase IIa

320 Wallis Ave
Farrell, Pennsylvania

Low Income Housing Managed by Mercer County Housing Authority

Heritage Square II

348 W Butler St
Mercer, Pennsylvania
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1-2 BR