Somerset County Housing Authority
Somerset County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 2nd, 2020, Somerset County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.
Somerset County Housing Authority serves Somerset County.
Waiting List Statuses
| Public Housing
||Open Until Further Notice
Open Somerset County 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.
Somerset County Housing Authority Phone: (814) 629-5147.
Open Until Further Notice:
Public Housing Waiting List
Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.
How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List
The Somerset County Housing Authority (SCHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families.
Please Note: The one bedroom waiting list is currently closed.
The SCHA offers one public housing community with 221 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.
To obtain a public housing waiting list application, you must visit the housing authority, located at 981 Boswell Heights Dr, Boswell, PA 15531, during normal office hours.
Once the application has been completed it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Please include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members.
This housing authority does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Somerset County.
For more information the housing authority can be reached by calling (814) 629-7148 during normal office hours.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814)629-5147.
Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.
Last Updated on 05/29/2015.
About Somerset County Housing Authority
Representatives of Somerset County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (814) 629-5147. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
About the Somerset County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Somerset County Housing Authority manages 66 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:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher
Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Somerset 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 12% having issued approximately 6 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $13,289 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 57% were extremely low income (ELI). 12% of households had wages as a major source of income, -1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 84% 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, 26% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 45% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 12% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
29% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 23% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.
0% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with -1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Somerset County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% include at least one person with a disability. 62% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 44% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
Bedroom Size and Overhousing
38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 28% 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 Somerset County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $323 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $373. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $183.
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 Somerset County Housing Authority
901 Boswell Heights Dr