Mercer County Housing Authority

Jefferson, Sharon, PA

There are four waiting lists open now offered by Mercer County Housing Authority.

Mercer County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Mercer County, Pennsylvania Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Mercer County Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Lavigne Manor Elderly Open Until Further Notice
Patterson/Landay Apartments Open Until Further Notice

Mercer County Housing Authority offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs in Mercer County.

Go to the Pennsylvania Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Pennsylvania Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Until Further Notice: Mercer County, Pennsylvania Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from March 1, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Homeless

It is now known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on June 25, 2021.

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 06/25/2021.

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Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

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

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is now known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on June 25, 2021.

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 06/25/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Lavigne Manor Elderly Waiting List

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

The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) Elderly waiting list for apartments at Lavigne Manor is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2021 until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is now known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on June 25, 2021.

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.

Last Updated on 06/25/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Patterson/Landay Apartments Waiting List

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

The Mercer County Housing Authority (MCHA) waiting list for apartments at Patterson/Landay Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2021 until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is now known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MCHA on June 25, 2021.

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.

Last Updated on 06/25/2021.

About Mercer County Housing Authority

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 355 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 340 4 3 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $392 $406 $1,060 $358
Monthly Cost $133,446 $1,624 $3,181 $1,432
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.