About Wilkes Barre Housing Authority

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

Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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.

Summary

  • What: Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: The Elderly. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans. 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 05/28/2015.

Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

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 the Wilkes Barre Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Wilkes Barre Housing Authority manages 702 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 484 40 16 122
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $502 $428 $960 $444
Monthly Cost $242,914 $17,139 $15,356 $54,166

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.


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