About Scranton Housing Authority

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

The Scranton Housing Authority serves Scranton.

Scranton Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Scranton Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

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

  1. Visit the SHA office.
  2. Applicants who do not live locally could have called the SHA office to have a pre-application mailed to them. Pre-applications were not mailed to local applicants.
The following preferences were identified: Elderly, disabled, working.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission, after sorting 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 04/05/2016.


About the Scranton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Scranton Housing Authority manages 893 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 827 12 3 39
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $448 $264 $1,300 $321
Monthly Cost $370,351 $3,166 $3,901 $12,504

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Scranton 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 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.

Income Characteristics

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.

Heads of Household Characteristics

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.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

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.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

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.


Public Housing Operated by Scranton Housing Authority

537 N Washington Ave
Washington West Apartments is a 265 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.
420 Adams Ave
Adams High Rise Apartments is a 184 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.
1001 Jackson St
Jackson Heights Apartments is a 191 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.
1701 Stafford Ave
Valley View Terrace is a 240 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.
726 Saginaw St
Hilltop Manor is a 250 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.

Affordable Apartments near Scranton Housing Authority

600 Beech Street
Goodwill Neighborhood Residents is a 36 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Scranton.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Scranton.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1 Lake Scranton Rd
Lutherwood is a 125 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
499 Mulberry St
Mulberry Towers is a 206 unit low income housing apartment community in Scranton.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance