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Philadelphia Housing Authority

2013 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19121

Philadelphia Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Moving to Work programs. As of August 9th, 2020, 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

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Philadelphia Housing Authority Website: http://www.pha.phila.gov/.

Philadelphia Housing Authority Phone: (215) 684-4000.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if this waiting lists is still open. As of April 7, 2020, the Philadelphia Housing Authority website says: 

"PHA will reopen on May 4th."

More information can be found here.

 

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Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

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.


About the Philadelphia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Philadelphia Housing Authority manages 17,828 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 277 423 314 283 14,136 531 625
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $715 $592 $950 $724 $697 $717 $583
Monthly Cost $198,020 $250,239 $298,238 $204,894 $9,858,675 $380,889 $364,101

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Philadelphia Housing Authority

Eight Diamonds

2028 West Norris Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
3-5 BR

Falls Ridge

457 W Winona Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Birchwood at Grays Ferry

2309 Carpenter St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Cambridge Plaza

1006 Cambridge St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Germantown House

5457 Wayne Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

James W Johnson Homes

2500 West Norris Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Harrison Plaza

1350 N 10th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Queen Lane Apartments

301 W Queen Ln
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bartram Village

5404 Gibson Drive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Westpark Apartments

300 N Busti Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fairhill Apartments

2443 N 11th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Collegeview Homes

27th and Thompson Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emlen Arms

6733 Emlen St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bentley Hall

1710 N Croskey St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Westpark Plaza

4600 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cecil B Moore Homes

33rd and Huntingdon Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Herbert Arlene Homes

18th and Jefferson Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gladys B. Jacobs Manor

1100 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Spring Garden Apartments

1901 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$983-1,363
1-3 BR

Richard Allen Phase III

1100 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nellie Reynolds Gardens

2653 W Glenwood Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Raymond Rosen Apartments

2301 West Edgley Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilson Park

2500 Jackson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Arch Homes

56th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hill Creek Apartments

528 Adams Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abbottsford Homes

3226 McMichael Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Oxford Village

1612 N 15th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whitehall Apartments

4740 Tackawanna Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Haddington Homes

5520 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Champlost Homes

5963 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Haverford Homes

59th and Haverford Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Morton Homes

5920 Morton Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Katie B. Jackson Plaza

400 N 50th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Holmecrest Apartments

8133 Erdrick Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plymouth Hall

2207 Venango Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mlk Phases 1 and 3

800 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$936
1 BR

Mount Olivet Village

642 N 41st St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Greater Grays Ferry Estates

3001 W Moore Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mill Creek Blackwell

753 N Markoe S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mlk Phase IV

13th and Catharine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lucien E Blackwell

755 N Markoe Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marshall Shepard Village

755 N. Markoe Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Warnock Village

2862 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mantua

3502 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Paschall

7208 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Norris Apartments

1019 W Norris St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

5727 Wyalusing Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

2136 Fitzwater St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

219 E Bringhurst St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

701 W Huntingdon St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

1215 Mount Vernon St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

2306 N Park Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

2563 N 28th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

2004 N 22nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scattered Sites

1502 N 19th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Francisville

1821 Vineyard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Susequehanna

1821 Vineyard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Strawberry Mansion

1918 N 17th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Low Income Housing Managed by Philadelphia Housing Authority

Norman Blumberg Apartments

2311 W Jefferson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ludlow Homes

615 Cecil B Moore Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR