Mercer County Housing Authority

Jefferson
Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
(724) 342-4000

Mercer County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Sharon, Pennsylvania. As of October 16th, 2018, 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.

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Closed: Mercer County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three months from July until September, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to pick up an application at the MCHA office on Mondays only.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been:

  1. Hand delivered to the MCHA office on Mondays only.
  2. Hand delivered to the MCHA drop box at the MCHA office.

There were no preferences.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the MCHA website or call the office at (742) 342-4000. 

Last Updated on 09/24/2018.

About Mercer County Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/16/2018, it is not known if Mercer County Housing Authority is aborbing 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 most recent VMS report, Mercer County Housing Authority manages 350 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 330 7 6
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $365 $358 $883
Monthly Cost $120,543 $2,504 $5,296

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.


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