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Overview

All Public Housing Waiting Lists are currently closed.

The Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

RHA accepts applications for Affordable Housing units at all times.

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Public Housing

Public Housing

Public Housing is one of several Federal Rental Assistance Programs established and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the older adults and persons with disabilities.
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Voucher Programs

Voucher Programs

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide rental subsidy to low-income families, older adults and persons with disabilities.
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Affordable Rentals

Affordable Rentals

RHA’s Affordable Rentals are private rental communities, owned and managed by RHA. They are not public housing and rents are not subsidized, but households who already have a housing voucher are invited to apply.
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What if I don't know which of these 3 to select?

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I Have Income But Can’t Afford My Rent

I Have Income But Can’t Afford My Rent

Under the Public Housing and Voucher Programs, rents are based on income, and the balance of the rent is subsidized by HUD. Applications are invited when waiting lists are open, regardless of income.

I Have No Income

I Have No Income

Income is not required for the Public Housing and Voucher Programs. Applications are invited when waiting lists are open, even if the applicant has no income.

I Have Income But Can’t Find Housing

I Have Income But Can’t Find Housing

Demand for rental units is at an all-time high. Some human service agencies provide housing locator services, including Berks Coalition to End Homelessness.
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I Am Homeless Now & Need A Place To Sleep Tonight

I Am Homeless Now & Need A Place To Sleep Tonight

Reading Housing Authority does not offer any emergency housing services. Visit Berks Coalition to End Homelessness for information on resources and emergency shelters:
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I Am In The Process Of Losing My Housing

I Am In The Process Of Losing My Housing

Sometimes, help is available to address contributing factors like a loss of a job or problems with a landlord. Visit Berks Coalition to End Homelessness to discuss tenant rights and local support services:
bceh.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Families may apply by submitting an application on RHA’s website at www.readingha.org.

RHA will announce the opening of waiting lists for Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program ten days prior to accepting applications. Announcements are made on the RHA website, RHA Facebook page, in the Reading Eagle, in a Spanish-language publication when available in service to the jurisdiction, and by sending a press release to local social service agencies ten days prior to accepting applications.

While all interested persons may apply, please note that because of the high demand for housing assistance in the jurisdiction, RHA may apply a lottery-based selection process for applications if the number of applications received exceeds more than 12 months of predicted unit availability.  Therefore, all applicants may not be placed upon a waiting list.

No. RHA does not provide any emergency housing, and it’s important to note that applicants placed upon an RHA waitlist may sometimes wait more than a year to receive an available unit.

Yes. Once a household is placed upon a waitlist, preference is applied to applicants who are: (1) a veteran/veteran family who meet the standards set in accordance with PA Law P.L. 2903, No. 188; or (2) a family who lives in the City of Reading, as defined by residing within the perimeters of the Reading School District.

Applicants may view their status by using their login credentials they used to apply and accessing their online account at www.waitlistcheck.com

Please note:
Active means you are on the wait list.
Inactive means you are not on the wait list.

If you need to make changes to your application, you can do so by emailing us at applications@readingha.org. Be sure to include your full name as it appears on your application and the details of your change(s), or visit the Applications Office at 120 South 6th Street, Reading PA between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday to make your changes via RHA’s self-service kiosk.

Once your name comes to the top of the waiting list, you will be contacted by phone or email to schedule an application interview. You will be required to submit your family’s most current information to establish eligibility.

No. Although both programs are administered by RHA, they are two separate programs.

When accepting applications, RHA accepts enough applications to anticipate the wait time to be within 12 months. The wait is always an estimate, because availability is always based upon when current households leave the program, which is unpredictable.

Yes. Any family that wishes to be a part of Public Housing or HCVP may apply for admission. All applicants that make the waiting list are subject to RHA’s screening process to determine final eligibility.

Yes. Any family that wishes to apply for Public Housing or HCVP may apply for admission.

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