Reading Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Reading, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.
Reading Housing Authority serves Reading.
|Reading Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
|2 and 5-Bedroom General Public Housing||Closed|
|0 and 1-Bedroom Senior and Disabled Public Housing||Closed|
Last Updated on 12/18/2015.
Last Updated on 02/25/2019.
The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Elderly (62+)/Disabled Public Housing is currently closed. Various waiting lists were last open for one week in February, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.
There were three ways to apply during the opening period:
Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been mailed by first-class mail and postmarked between February 19 and February 25, 2019 Only one application per envelope was accepted.
This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences. The RHA reserves the right to apply a lottery-based selection process for applications if the number of applications received exceeds more than two years of predicted unit availability.
For more information, visit the RHA website here.
Last Updated on 02/25/2019.
More information about Reading Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.readingha.org/.
As of 03/19/2019, it is not known if Reading 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.
As of the most recent VMS report, Reading Housing Authority manages 479 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$528||$491||$974|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 11% having issued approximately 66 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 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 9 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,779 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.
53% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.
85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 17% of all heads of households being Black and 10% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Reading Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 22% with 2 bedrooms and 51% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Reading Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $332 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $782. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $188.
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.