Philadelphia Housing Authority

2013 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19121

Philadelphia Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Moving to Work programs. As of October 19th, 2019, Philadelphia Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Philadelphia Housing Authority serves Philadelphia.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Philadelphia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Philadelphia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting senior-designated housing and special programs waiting list applications.


Please note: The Public Housing waiting list has been closed since April 2013.


To apply, complete the online application here. The page may say there is an error, and that you must turn your cookies on. If you see this message, press back and click the link again. The application should appear now.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.


Persons on the waiting list may update application information here.


For more information, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (215) 684-4174.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 2156844174.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/17/2016.

Other Philadelphia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Philadelphia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List


The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list was last open in March 2010, and will not re-open until most of the applications on the current waiting list have been served. Prior to that opening, the waiting list was last open in 2000.


Approved applicants will be pulled from the waiting list in order of the date and time they submitted the application.


The PHA stated it received 54,000 applications during its last opening.

The PHA estimates that 2,500 vouchers become available per year. If all 54,000 applicants are eligible, it would take more than 21 years for all of the 2010 applicants to be served.




Please note: The PHA has requested applicants who are on the waiting list to update their application by March 6th, 2015. If an applicant did not respond by that date, their application was terminated.


For more information, please contact the PHA at 215-684-4000.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting senior-designated housing and special programs waiting list applications.

Please note: The Public Housing waiting list has been closed since April 2013.

To apply, complete the online application here. The page may say there is an error, and that you must turn your cookies on. If you see this message, press back and click the link again. The application should appear now.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.


For more information, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (215) 684-4174.

Last Updated on 10/17/2016.

About Philadelphia Housing Authority

More information about Philadelphia Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.pha.phila.gov/.

Representatives of Philadelphia Housing Authority may be available by phone at (215) 684-4000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/19/2019, it is not known if Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Philadelphia Housing Authority manages 18,204 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 Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 286 416 317 293 14,554 538 614
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $674 $595 $915 $671 $704 $886 $578
Monthly Cost $192,853 $247,670 $290,048 $196,582 $10,243,304 $476,619 $354,915

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Philadelphia 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 3% having issued approximately 5,785 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,947 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 82% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 10% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% 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, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

50% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 83% of all households were headed by a female.

91% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 84% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Philadelphia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 83% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 24% with 2 bedrooms and 52% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Philadelphia Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $330 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $734. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $172.



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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