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Reading Housing Authority

400 Hancock Boulevard
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19611

Holiday Office Hours: Reading Housing Authority offices may be closed in observance of Independence Day.

Reading Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Reading Housing Authority serves Reading.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Reading, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Family Public Housing Closed
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed

Other Reading 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.

Reading Housing Authority Website: http://www.readingha.org/.

Reading Housing Authority Phone: (610) 775-4813.

Closed: Reading, Pennsylvania Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for eight days in July, 2019; and for 11 days in December, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Open and print the application online. The application was available in English, and Spanish.
  3. Download and print the application online.
  4. Call to request an application by mail. 

Once the application was completed, it must have been postmarked between July 23 and July 30; and mailed to the Reading Housing Authority.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, work or attend school in the City of Reading.

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

For more information, visit the RHA website.

Last Updated on 09/22/2019.

Closed: Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Family Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 2-Bedroom units at Glenside and 2 and 5-Bedroom units at Oakbrook Homes 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:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Download and print the application online.
  3. Call to request an application by mail.

Once the paper application was 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 07/10/2019.

Closed: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Elderly (62+)/Disabled Public Housing is currently closed. It was last open for 0 and 1-Bedroom apartments at Rhodes, Eisenhower & Hubert Apartments, and Kennedy & Franklin Tower 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:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Download and print the application online.
  3. Call to request an application by mail.

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.

Last Updated on 07/10/2019.

About Reading Housing Authority

Holiday Office Hours: Reading Housing Authority offices may be closed in observance of Independence Day.

More information about Reading Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.readingha.org/.

Representatives of Reading Housing Authority may be available by phone at (610) 775-4813. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/03/2020, 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.


About the Reading Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Reading Housing Authority manages 534 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 526 2 6
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $540 $487 $827
Monthly Cost $284,267 $973 $4,962

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Reading 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 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.

Income Characteristics

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.

Heads of Household Characteristics

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.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

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.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Reading Housing Authority

Dwight D. Eisenhower Apartments

835 Franklin St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Glenside Homes

1349 Avenue D
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

Hensler Homes

1301 Schuylkill Ave
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Oakbrook Homes

1001 Scott Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Family & Senior

Reading

340 McKnight St
Reading, Pennsylvania

Sylvania II

1143 Liggett Ave
Reading, Pennsylvania

Franklin Tower

120 South 6th St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Kennedy Towers

300 South 4th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

George M. Rhodes Apartments

815 Franklin St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Samuel G. Hubert Apartments

125 N 10th St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Low Income Housing Managed by Reading Housing Authority

Goggle Works Apartments

135 Washington St
Reading, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Emma Lazarus Townhomes

334 Orange St
Reading, Pennsylvania
$901
3 BR
Accepts Vouchers