About The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton

The The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton (HACH)is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The HACH offers three public housing communities with 299 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the housing authority to fill out an application in their office, located at 320 W Mine St., Hazleton, PA 18201, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. 

Be sure to bring these original documents with you when filling out the application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of residency, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members. Alll adult household members must be present when filling out the application.

The HACH does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: live and/or work in Hazleton, veteran, victim of natural disaster, or victim of domestic violence.

For more information the HACH can be reached by calling (570) 455-9503 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Victims of Domestic Violence. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans.

  • 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 05/28/2015.


About the The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton manages 294 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 289 3 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $468 $186 $579
Monthly Cost $135,300 $557 $1,157

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton

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 18% having issued approximately 15 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $14,840 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

62% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 59% of households with children have a female head of household. 89% of all households were headed by a female.

63% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 7% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 93% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 23% with 2 bedrooms and 57% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton voucher holders in 2016 was $340 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $574. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $185.



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 The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton

124 S Filmore Ct
Vine West is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Hazleton.
320 W Mine St
Vine Manor is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Hazleton.
50 E Juniper St
Hazle Twin Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community in Hazleton.
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