About Sunbury Housing Authority

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

The Sunbury Housing Authority serves Sunbury.

Sunbury Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Sunbury Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The SHA offers two public housing communities with 306 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the SHA office to pick up an application, located at 705 Market Street, P.O. Box 458, Sunbury , PA 17801, during normal office hours.
 
Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to bring these original documents with you: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members. 

The SHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Sunbury, victim of domestic violence, homeless, elderly, disabled, or victim of natural disaster.

For more information the SHA can be reached by calling 570-286-8563 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Sunbury Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Victims of Domestic Violence. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. The Homeless. Persons with Disabilities.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 05/29/2015.

Sunbury Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

The Sunbury Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications. This waiting list is open indefinitely. 

To apply, you must visit the SHA office in person to pick up an application, located at 705 Market Street, P.O. Box 458, Sunbury, PA 17801, during normal office hours.
 
Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to bring these original documents with you: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members

The SHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Sunbury, victim of domestic violence, homeless, elderly, disabled, or victim of natural disaster.

Please note: As of May 2015, The SHA has issued all available vouchers and there are about 100 spots currently occupied on the waiting list.

This information was confirmed by a SHA representative over the phone.

For more information, the SHA can be reached by calling 570-286-8563 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 07/22/2015.


About the Sunbury Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Sunbury Housing Authority manages 195 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 195
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $342
Monthly Cost $66,613

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Sunbury 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 22% having issued approximately 8 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 3 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $12,768 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% 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 65% 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, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

33% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

22% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Sunbury Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 47% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% 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, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Sunbury Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $333 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $458. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $180.



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 Sunbury Housing Authority

705 Market St
Scott Towers Chestnut Towers is a 223 unit low income housing apartment community in Sunbury.
1 Memorial Acres
Memorial Acres is a 128 unit low income housing apartment community in Sunbury.
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Affordable Apartments near Sunbury Housing Authority

130 South Front Street
River Front Apartments is a 200 unit low income housing apartment community in Sunbury.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
631 N 7th St
Shikellamy Homes is a 34 unit low income housing apartment community in Sunbury.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
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