About Schuylkill County Housing Authority

The Schuylkill County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania.

The Schuylkill County Housing Authority serves Schuylkill County, Tremont, Pottsville, Frackville, Pine Grove, Girardville, Orwigsburg, New Philadelphia, Newtown, Shenandoah, Tamaqua and Tower City.

Schuylkill County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Schuylkill County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Schuylkill County Housing Authority (SCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on April 1, 2014 and is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply
 

  1. Complete a pre-application at the SCHA office, located at 245 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972, from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
  2. Call (570) 385-3400 to schedule an appointment at various SCHA properties.

The following documents are required when submitting the pre-application: Proof of income, birth certificates, and Social Security Cards of all members of the household.
 

It is not known how qualified applicants are placed on the waiting list. We have contacted the SCHA office for clarification, and will update this page when more information becomes available. In the meantime, please contact the SCHA for more information.

 

For more information, visit the SCHA website, or call the office at (570) 385-3400.

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

This housing authority offers four public housing communities with 609 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the housing authority to apply in person, located at 245 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, PA, during normal office hours Monday-Thursday. Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: proof of all income, birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://www.schcoha.org/apply.html, or by calling 570-385-3400 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 05/28/2015.


About the Schuylkill County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Schuylkill County Housing Authority manages 512 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 507 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $362 $941
Monthly Cost $183,480 $4,703

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Schuylkill County 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 17% having issued approximately 33 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 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 $10,996 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 77% 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, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

36% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

8% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Schuylkill County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 56% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

55% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 24% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 2% 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 Schuylkill County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $279 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $459. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $168.



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 Schuylkill County Housing Authority

100 S Main St
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
Shenandoah High Rise is a 197 unit low income housing apartment community in Shenandoah.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
300 Lewis St
Minersville, Pennsylvania
Minersville High Rise is a 215 unit low income housing apartment community in Minersville.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
255 Parkway
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
Schuylkill Haven High Rise is a 198 unit low income housing apartment community in Schuylkill Haven.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
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