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Public Housing

All Public Housing Waiting Lists are currently closed.

The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Public Housing Program includes 1,610 rental units located in eight communities throughout the City of Reading.  The General Occupancy, or “family” developments are Glenside Homes and Oakbrook Homes.  The Mixed Occupancy developments for households which include an adult age 62 or older or a person with a disability are Rhodes Apartments, Eisenhower Apartments, Hubert Apartments, Kennedy Towers, Franklin Tower and Hensler Homes.

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, older adults and persons with disabilities.  It is important to understand that there are other subsidized or income-based housing communities in the City of Reading that are not owned or managed by RHA.

Eligibility for Public Housing includes criteria related to income, assets, rental history and criminal history.  A determination of eligibility is made for all adult members of a household at the time of application and also for any additional person who the family seeks to have join their household.

Rent is based on 30% of a resident’s adjusted gross income.  Rent includes costs for water, sewer, trash, electric, heat and hot water.  Additional utility costs are charged when a household chooses to have one or more of the allowable additional appliances or services.