Montgomery County Housing Authority

104 W Main Street, Suite 1
Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401
(610) 275-5720

Montgomery County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Norristown, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 16th, 2019, Montgomery County Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The General Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Montgomery County Housing Authority serves Montgomery County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
General Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Montgomery County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: General Public Housing Waiting List

The Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) General Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2016, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the MCHA General Occupancy Public Housing page, and contact a community for more information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/05/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) Elderly and Disabled Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2016, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the MCHA Elderly and Disabled Public Housing page, and contact a community for more information.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/05/2019.

Other Montgomery County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in June, 2019; and before that for six days in May, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work, or have notification of a job in Montgomery County.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MCHA website.

Last Updated on 06/12/2019.

About Montgomery County Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/16/2019, it is not known if Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Montgomery County Housing Authority manages 2,233 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 2,066 36 37 84 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $898 $718 $1,167 $959 $904
Monthly Cost $1,855,318 $25,840 $43,161 $80,514 $9,039

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

Golden Age Manor

400 Walnut St
Royersford, PA

Sidney Pollock House

450 E High St
Pottstown, PA

Brighthope Estates

26 Scott St
Pottstown, PA

North Hills Manor

315 Logan Ave
Glenside, PA
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