About Montgomery County Housing Authority

The Montgomery County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The Montgomery County Housing Authority serves Montgomery County, Pottstown, Souderton, Greenville, Stowe, Norristown, Royersford, Ambler, Harleysville, Gilbertsville, Willow Grove, Red Hill, Collegeville, Conshohocken, Flourtown and Schwenksville.

Montgomery County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for general occupancy and senior/disabled households.

To apply, visit the General Occupancy and Elderly and Disabled Public Housing pages, and contact the property you are interested in applying to for more information.

For more information, please visit the MCHA website or call (610) 275-5720.

Last Updated on 04/15/2016.

Montgomery County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for six days in November 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply in 2015, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

Applicants receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

The MCHA placed up to 1,000 qualified applicant on the waiting list by random lottery.

No preferences have been identified.

For more information, please visit the MCHA website or call (610) 275-5720.

Last Updated on 11/11/2015.

More information about Montgomery County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.montcoha.org/.


About the Montgomery County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Montgomery County Housing Authority manages 2,354 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,217 33 39 55 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $862 $730 $941 $863 $734
Monthly Cost $1,911,042 $24,100 $36,713 $47,454 $7,336

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Montgomery 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 5% having issued approximately 460 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 55 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $15,887 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% 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.

53% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

71% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 63% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Montgomery County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 35% 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

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 9% 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 Montgomery County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $941. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $171.



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 Operated by Montgomery County Housing Authority

400 Walnut St
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Golden Age Manor is a 165 unit low income housing apartment community in Royersford.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
450 E High St
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Sidney Pollock House is a 180 unit low income housing apartment community in Pottstown.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
26 Scott St
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Brighthope Estates is a 179 unit low income housing apartment community in Pottstown.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
315 Logan Ave
Glenside, Pennsylvania
North Hills Manor is a 90 unit low income housing apartment community in Glenside.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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