Reading Housing Authority (RHA)

400 Hancock Boulevard, Reading, PA, 19611
(610)775-4813



Adams County

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About Reading Housing Authority (RHA)

Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is a Public Housing Agency that is organized under the laws of Pennsylvania, and whose primary contract is with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The agency was organized in 1939 under the U.S. Housing Act in order to meet the housing needs of residents of the City of Reading, many of whom who could not otherwise afford housing that was decent and safe. The agency continues to seek that end today, by offering quality, affordable housing options and opportunities for the families that are served.


Mission Statement

The agency operates several different programs in order to meet its goals. Affordable rents for income-eligible individuals and families are found in the agency's 1600 public housing apartments and townhouses that are located in 8 different developments throughout the City of Reading. Through the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program, more than 600 city residents are assisted in paying their rent to private landlords. In its Homeownership programs, participants are able to purchase a house in the City of Reading by utilizing short and long-term assistance with budgeting and rent/mortgage payments. In our two privately owned (non-‘subsidized') locations, townhouses are available for those with moderate incomes.

Program Summary for Reading Housing Authority (RHA)

Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is a public housing agency that helps provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Reading Housing Authority (RHA) manages several funded programs and has a total of 1,617 subsidized affordable housing units for rental assistance. Reading Housing Authority (RHA) administered a total of 604 Section 8 Vouchers. Reading Housing Authority (RHA) currently has low rent units and Section 8 Voucher as its program type. Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is located at 400 Hancock Boulevard, Reading, PA, 19611 and serves the city of Reading. Income limits, fair market rents and rent rates vary with each agency. Please contact Reading Housing Authority (RHA) at, (610)775-4813 for more information about coverage area and program availability.


Current Status Active
Size of Reading Housing Authority (RHA) compared nationally Large
Last Updated 04/12/2014
Total Numbers of Communities 9
Total numbers of Administered Section 8 Voucher 604
Total numbers of Administered Public Housing Units 1,617
Waiting list for the Reading Housing Authority (RHA) is currently Open


2017 Income Limits for Berks County, PA

HUD sets Income Limits for each area based on the median family income in that area. Each Public Housing Agency (PHA) will use the Income Limit set for the jurisdiction that the PHA covers. Therefore, a family may be eligible for one PHA but not another. The number of people in a household determines the Income Limit that is set for determining the family's eligibility for the program that they are applying for. Below are the Income Limits for Berks County, PA:

Median Income
$0
Income Limit Category
Persons in Family
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 50%
  • Very Low Income Limit
  • $24,850
  • $28,400
  • $31,950
  • $35,450
  • $38,300
  • $41,150
  • $44,000
  • $46,800
  • 30%
  • Extremely Low Income Limit
  • $14,900
  • $17,000
  • $20,160
  • $24,300
  • $28,440
  • $32,580
  • $36,730
  • $40,890
  • 80%
  • Low Income Limit
  • $39,700
  • $45,400
  • $51,050
  • $56,700
  • $61,250
  • $65,800
  • $70,350
  • $74,850

2017 Fair Market Rents for Berks County, PA

Fair Market Rents are HUD's determination of the average rents in a particular area for each bedroom size. The FMRs are set each year based on the rental rates of unsubsidized units so that participants in HUD programs have equal access for affordable housing. Here are the Fair Market Rents for Berks County, PA:

Efficiency One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four-Bedroom
$606 $722 $955 $1195 $1316



Agency Name City State Section 8 Voucher Housing Units Status Distance
Berks County  Housing Authority Berks County Housing Authority Reading PA N/A N/A Open 4.84 Miles Contact
Schuylkill County Housing Authority (SCHA) Schuylkill County Housing Authority (SCHA) Schuylkill Haven PA 631 609 Open 24.01 Miles Contact
Lebanon County Housing Authority Lebanon County Housing Authority Lebanon PA 740 425 Open 26.29 Miles Contact
Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Lancaster PA 298 40 Open 27.26 Miles Contact
Lancaster City Housing Authority Lancaster City Housing Authority Lancaster PA 1,003 566 Open 27.3 Miles Contact
Lehigh County Housing Authority Lehigh County Housing Authority Emmaus PA 89 N/A Open 27.66 Miles Contact

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Reading Housing Authority (RHA) Program Type:
  • Section 8 Voucher
  • Low Rent Units
1,617
Total Subsidized Units for Rental Assistance Availability

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Berks County Quick Facts

Population: 413,691
Persons Per Household: 2.59
Housing Units in Multi-units Structure: 18.3%
Homeownership Rate: 72.0%
Housing Units: 164,271
Yearly Income Per Person: $26,723
Median Household Income: $55,170