About Pottsville Housing Authority

The Pottsville Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

The Pottsville Housing Authority serves Pottsville.

Pottsville Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Pottsville Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers six communities ranging in size from studios to 5 bedrooms, for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must call the housing authority to make an appointment at 570-628-2702 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: involuntarily displaced by government action or by fire, or a natural disaster, city worker, enrolled in job or educational training program, elderly, disabled, veteran, victim of domestic violence, or victim of a hate crime.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.pottsvillehousing.net/, or by calling 570-628-2702, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/28/2015.

More information about Pottsville Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.pottsvillehousing.net/.


About the Pottsville Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Pottsville Housing Authority manages 305 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 294 11
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $394 $725
Monthly Cost $115,856 $7,972

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Pottsville 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 18% having issued approximately 17 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $9,780 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 20% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

34% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

11% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Pottsville Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 43% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

53% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 23% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 3% 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 Pottsville Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $241 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $465. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.



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 Pottsville Housing Authority

400 Laurel Blvd
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Fairmount is a 82 unit low income housing apartment community in Pottsville.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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