Reading Housing Authority

Voucher Programs

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Overview

Overview

Voucher Programs at RHA are actually a group of different programs, in which participants in the program receive help, through a “voucher”, to pay their rent while living in the private rental market.
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Process

Process

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Participant Portal

Participant Portal

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Landlords

Landlords

Renting out your property is a decision that not only fosters community growth but also brings several advantages for landlords.
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Portability

Portability

Portability refers to the process where participants may transfer or “port” their rental subsidy to another jurisdiction where there is a housing authority.
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Project-Based Voucher Programs

Project-Based Voucher Programs

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Housing Choice Vouchers

(Formerly Known As “Section 8”)

RHA assists about 700 households throughout the City of Reading, which include some vouchers that are funded by other public housing agencies, through portability. The program serves older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals and families.

Mainstream Vouchers

Mainstream Vouchers assist 29 households in the City of Reading who are under age 62 and include an adult with a disability. Applications for the Mainstream Vouchers Program are accepted as part of the “regular” Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Emergency Housing Vouchers

57 Emergency Housing Vouchers were allocated to RHA as part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 in order to assist households experiencing homelessness in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. These vouchers have “sunset”, which means that they are no longer available when current participants exit the program.

Shelter Plus Care Vouchers

Through the local Continuum of Care, RHA operates a supportive housing program that serves persons who are homeless and have a behavioral health-related disability. The program partners with Berks County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities through SAM, Inc. with applications received through the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness’ Consolidated Entry System. This program has increased to serve approximately 80 households.

FIND US

In-person counter service:

Willis Center for Administration,
400 Hancock Boulevard,
Reading PA 19611

By self-serve kiosk for drop-off/scanning:
400 Hancock Boulevard, during business hours

By telephone:
610-373-5088

By email:
vouchers@readingha.org

By virtual meeting: Request a meeting with us, and we’ll send you a video link for an appointment over your computer, tablet, or smartphone

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