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PRE-APPLICATIONS FOR THE HARRISBURG HOUSING AUTHORITY (HHA)
PUBLIC HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Online Waiting List Pre-Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for participation in the Harrisburg Housing Authority's housing programs. We maintain a waiting list for our housing programs in accordance with all applicable Federal housing laws.

Request for Pre-Application Assistance due to Disability or Special Needs
Persons with disabilities or those needing assistance must submit timely written requests to the HHA Offices. HHA does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, gender, color, religion, marital status, familial status, age, disability, ancestry, or sexual orientation. Furthermore, the HHA will make reasonable efforts to provide or arrange free language assistance for applicants with Limited English Proficiency (LEP clients), when requested.
Reasonable Accommodation Form and Doctor Verification Form

What do I Need To Complete the Pre-Application?
Please have the following information available before beginning the application process:

  1. The name, date of birth, and social security number for the applicant and each family member;
  2. Gross income information of each family member; (Examples of income include but are not limited to wages, unemployment benefits, Social Security income/benefits, Supplemental Security Income/ benefits (SSI), retirement and pension payments, Child Support, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), etc.)
  3. A valid email address; If you don not currently have an email address, free email accounts can be created at websites such as: hotmail.com, gmail.com, or yahoo.com.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Determine the program for which you would like to apply. Please click here for information on the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Public Housing Program.
  2. Select either the Housing Choice Voucher Program or the Public Housing Program.
  3. Enter your Social Security Number, and begin the pre-application.
  4. Complete each section of the pre-application, making sure that you type all information correctly.
  5. Click the "Complete Application" button.
  6. Write down your Confirmation Number

SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION TO THE HARRISBURG HOUSING AUTHORITY (HHA). HHA WILL NOT ACCEPT DUPLICATE FORMS.

Disclaimer:
APPLICATIONS CAN BE RECEIVED ONLINE ANYTIME DURING THE WAITLIST PERIOD. APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION NUMBER TO ACKNOWLEDGE SUCCESSFUL TRANSMISSION OF THE APPLICATION. SUBMITTING A PRE-APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE PLACEMENT ON ANY WAITING LIST OR GUARANTEED HOUSING WITH THE HARRISBURG HOUSING AUTHORITY.

What Do I Do After I Submit My Pre-Application?

  1. Write down your confirmation number. You will need this number to check your status.
  2. For information on how to check the status of your pre-application and to determine selection status in the lottery, please visit the HHA’s website at www.harrisburghousing.org.
  3. If selected, it is the responsibility of the applicant to use the Applicant Portal to update any changes while on the waiting list. You can access the Applicant Portal by visiting the HHA website.
  4. Failure by the applicant to update information in a timely manner may result in removal of the pre-application from the waiting list.

How Do I Maintain My Status on the Waiting List?
If added to the waiting list, HHA will notify the applicant via e-mail when your name comes to the top of the waiting list or when updating applicant files. Failure to respond to notifications or in the event of an email returned as undeliverable, HHA will remove your name from the waiting list. Applicants must notify HHA within 10 business days of any change of address, phone number, income, or family size.

Note: HHA reserves the right to purge the waiting list once every 12 months.

ALL CHANGES MUST BE IN WRITING VIA APPLICANT PORTAL
HHA will not accept any changes over the phone. Applicants must include their confirmation number on any correspondence.

NOTE: Use the Applicant Portal to make changes to an existing application. HHA will not accept such changes over the phone.

FRAUD NOTICE
Before applying applicants must click this link to read the following document from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Is Fraud Worth It?

The document serves to inform the reader that he or she commits fraud if the applicant knowingly provides false or misleading information to obtain assisted housing. Under the law, penalties apply if an applicant knowingly omits or provides false information.

Eligibility

  • An applicant must qualify as an individual or family as defined by HHA.
  • Head of household must be at least 18 years of age at the time of this pre-application or an emancipated minor by a court of competent jurisdiction, consistent with Pennsylvania state law.
  • Family must have annual income at the time of admission that does not exceed the established income limits at the time of admission according to the maximum income by family size established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Applicant and all adult members of the family must pass a criminal background check.
  • Applicant or any member of the family ever convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine on the premises of any federally assisted housing or any family household member that is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program will not be eligible for housing assistance.
  • Applicant and all members of the family must provide documentation of social security numbers for all family members or certify that they do not have social security numbers at the time of initial eligibility interview.
  • Applicant and all members of the family must meet HUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status.
  • HHA will not offer assistance to the applicant or any member of the family who currently owes rent or other amounts to HHA or any other housing authority until the applicant or family member pays the outstanding balance in full in full.
  • Final program eligibility will be determined when your name reaches the top of the waiting list. Please visit HHA’s website for a full listing of eligibility requirements and the current income limits.

The Harrisburg Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, ancestry, or sexual orientation in the access to, admission into, or employment in housing programs or activities.

Date of birth

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