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The Berks County Housing Authority (BCHA) is a governmental Public Housing Agency organized under the laws of Pennsylvania and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The BCHA was organized over 40 years ago to meet the housing needs of residents of Berks County, many of whom could not otherwise afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.


The Berks County Housing Authority will open the following Public Housing waiting lists from April 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM to April 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM:
Efficiency (studio) and 1-bedroom apartments, for applicants who are elderly (62 and over) or disabled, in the following locations:
• BOYERTOWN: Rittenhouse & Warwick Apts., 38-40 W. Philadelphia Ave. & 60 S. Reading Ave. (Two-story walk up)
• BIRDSBORO: Brooke Estates, 228-280 Haycreek Rd. and Chestnut Court Apartments, 226 Chestnut St.
• WOMELSDORF: Northvale Hill Apts., 201 N. 4th St. (Two-story walk up)
• FLEETWOOD: Laurel Court Apts., 1 N. Laurel St. (Two-story walk up)

To apply click on “Apply for Housing” above. Applications MUST be submitted online by April 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM to be accepted.  For questions e-mail

Veterans and their surviving spouses will receive two preference points. Applicants who live, work, or have been hired to work in Berks County, Pennsylvania will receive one preference point. All other applicants will receive no preference but will still be placed on the waiting list in the order to which they applied.

You will receive a postcard in the mail when your application has been processed within 60 days of list closing. This postcard is your proof that your application was accepted and that you were added to the waiting list. You will be contacted at a later date to complete a full application when your name nears the top of the waiting list.

The income limits, effective April 1, 2018, for public housing are as follows: (subject to 2019 change)

# in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Income Limit $40,250 $46,000 $51,750 $57,500 $62,100 $66,700 $71,300 $75,900

Applications accepted online only.

Acceptance of an application does not guarantee housing. You must meet the eligibility requirements in the BCHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy.

The Berks County Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Housing Agency.

You are required to notify the Berks County Housing Authority, in writing, of all changes in address after you submit this pre-application. Failure to report changes may result in your removal from the waiting list without further notice.

Attention HCV Applicants: The only change that must be reported is your address. The only way we will contact you for the initial interview is by mail. All other information (phone number, household composition, income/job changes) will only be verified at the time of the initial interview, once you are scheduled to come to our office.

This does not apply to Public Housing applicants. Public housing applicants must continue to report all changes of household composition in addition to their address.

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