Admission to the Section 8 Program

The Housing Authority of Franklin County has operated a successful Section 8 Rental Assistance Program since 1980. This program provides safe, decent and affordable housing to very low income families through rent subsidies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Housing Authority’s Section 8 Program currently serves 311 families in Franklin County through the administration of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

These offices are located at 436 West Washington Street, Chambersburg, PA and 202 Elder Avenue, Waynesboro, PA.

Applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program, when available,  can be filled out online, may be picked up at any of our office locations or can be mailed to individuals residing within the state of Pennsylvania who request one.  The family’s preliminary eligibility is determined upon receipt of the completed application and after a criminal history and a prior subsidized housing check have been done.

All families must meet current income eligibility requirements set by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) of 1998 authorizes our Section 8 program to admit only families whose incomes do not exceed the very low income limit (50% of area median income) once it has met the annual 75% targeting income requirement of extremely low income families (those whose incomes do not exceed 30% of median income).  Franklin County, Pennsylvania FY 2016 Income Limits are as follows:

Family Size Income Limit
1 $23,700
2 $27,050
3 $30,450
4 $33,800
5 $36,550
6 $39,250
7 $41,950
8 $44,650


Current Payment Standards are:

1 Bedroom- $609

2 Bedroom- $824

3 Bedroom- $1150

4 Bedroom- $1225


Reasonable Accomodations for Persons with Disabilities Policy

It is the policy of our Housing Authority to be service-directed in the administration of our housing programs, and exercise and demonstrate a high level of professionalism while providing housing services to families.

A participant with a disability must first ask for a specific change to a policy or practice as an accommodation of his or her disability before the Housing Authority will treat a person differently than anyone else. The Housing Authority’s policies and practices will be designed to provide assurances that persons with disabilities will be given reasonable accommodations, upon request so that they may fully access and utilize the housing programs and related services.