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Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority

50 Lincoln Plaza
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania 18702

Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 30th, 2020, Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority serves Wilkes-Barre.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Wilkes-Barre 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.

Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority Website: http://pahra.org/.

Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority Phone: (570) 825-6657.

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Wilkes Barre Housing Authority (WBHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The WBHA offers six public housing communities with 856 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to obtain a public housing application:
1. Applicants that reside within the county must visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 50 Lincoln Plaza, Wilkes Barre, PA, during normal office hours.

2. Out of county applicants can request an application be mailed to them by mailing the request to the address listed above.

Once the application has been completed, you must hand deliver it to the address listed above. 

Be sure to bring these documents with you: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members. All adult household members must be present at the time of handing in the application.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: veteran, disabled, elderly, or live and/or work in Wilkes Barre.

For more information, call the housing authority at 570-825-6657 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 5708256657.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/28/2015.

Other Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Wilkes Barre Housing Authority is currently closed and not accepting new applications.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority

More information about Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://pahra.org/.

Representatives of Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority may be available by phone at (570) 825-6657. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/30/2020, it is not known if Wilkes-Barre 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 Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority manages 648 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:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 451 25 19 128
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $516 $454 $985 $440
Monthly Cost $232,781 $11,354 $18,712 $56,376

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wilkes-Barre 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 47 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 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 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,436 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 58% 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, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

55% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

57% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 42% of all heads of households being Black and 5% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 54% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $360 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $471. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $210.



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 Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority

East End Towers

295 Scott St
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Boulevard Townhomes

81 Midland Court
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

South View Manor

60 Monroe St
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Valley View Terrace

215 High St
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Lincoln Plaza

51 Lincoln Plaza
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
55+
Accessible

Mineral Springs Village

236 Eastview Drive
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Family & Senior