Scranton Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Scranton, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
Scranton Housing Authority serves Scranton.
|Scranton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming 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, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
The Scranton Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from November 2015 until February 2016.
Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
There were two ways to apply during the opening period:
The following preferences were identified: Elderly, disabled, working.
Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission, by order of preferences.
The SHA will notify the public when this waiting list reopens through local newspapers and Channel 16 News.
For more information, call the SHA office at (570) 348-4415.
Last Updated on 12/01/2018.
As of 05/25/2020, it is not known if Scranton 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Scranton Housing Authority manages 830 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:
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|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$503||$274||$852||$383|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 14% having issued approximately 63 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,550 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 71% 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, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% 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.
40% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.
37% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 19% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Scranton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Scranton Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $337 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $529. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $171.
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.