Somerset County Housing Authority

350 Garrett Avenue
Boswell, Somerset County, Pennsylvania 15531
(814) 629-5147

Somerset County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Boswell, Pennsylvania that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 22nd, 2019, 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
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open Somerset County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: 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.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (814)629-5147.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.

About Somerset County Housing Authority

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/22/2019, it is not known if Somerset County 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.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Somerset County Housing Authority manages 62 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 62
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $296
Monthly Cost $18,323

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.

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 $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 Operated by Somerset County Housing Authority

Stadium Terrace

901 Boswell Heights Dr
Boswell, PA
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