About Reading Housing Authority

The Reading Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The Reading Housing Authority serves Reading.

Reading Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Reading Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for more than one week in December 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Reading, PA is about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, PA.

There were two ways to apply in 2015:
  1. Download and print the pre-application on the RHA website.
  2. Call the RHA to request a pre-application be mailed to you.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must have been mailed to the RHA between the opening dates. Only one pre-application per envelope was accepted. Only one pre-application per household was accepted. Pre-applications postmarked after the closing date were not accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live, work have been hired to work, or attending school in Reading.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

The RHA placed qualified applicants on the waiting list by random lottery.

All applicants will be notified in writing that their pre-application has been accepted.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (610) 775-4813.

Last Updated on 12/18/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

Please note: As of September 2015, the RHA website states, "at this time pre-applications are only being accepted for the 5-bedroom units." However, this information is incorrect. We have confirmed with a RHA representative that the 5-bedroom waiting list closed on June 29, 2015.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (610) 775-4813.

Last Updated on 09/15/2015.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List: Closed

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

Please note: As of September 2015, the RHA website states, "at this time pre-applications are only being accepted for the 5-bedroom units." However, this information is incorrect. We have confirmed with a RHA representative that the 5-bedroom waiting list closed on June 29, 2015.

For more information, visit the RHA website, or call the office at (610) 775-4813.

Last Updated on 09/15/2015.


About the Reading Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Reading Housing Authority manages 546 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 533 3 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $519 $407 $928
Monthly Cost $276,735 $1,222 $9,283

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 Operated by Reading Housing Authority

815 Franklin St
D.D. Eisenhower Apartments is a 582 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
1349 Avenue D
Glenside Homes is a 400 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
701 Avenue B
Hensler Homes is a 102 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
901 Liggett Ave
Oakbrook Homes is a 526 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
340 McKnight St
Reading is a 2 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.

Affordable Apartments near Reading Housing Authority

50 North 9th Street
Skyline View Apartments is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-1 bedroom apartments for rent in Reading. Rents at Skyline View Apartments are $383-674.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
100 N Front St
Reading Elderly Housing is a 201 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Reading.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
300 Lackawanna St
Jamestown Village is a 275 unit low income housing apartment community in Reading.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

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