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Allentown Housing Authority
1339 W Allen Street Allentown, PA 18102
Phone: 610-439-8678
TDD: 610-439-1586

How does the application process work?

The Allentown Housing Authority is switching to an online application and processing system. All of your information has been uploaded to an online portal. The online portal will allow you to manage your household information, manage the units that you have applied for, and even allow you to check your position on the waiting list. You can access the online portal by going to the following web page:
Simply enter this web address into your browser of choice. You will use the boxes on the right to log into the web portal. Either the applicant, applicant's representative or an AHA staffer can enter the information. AHA needs to collect the following information to determine eligibility:

What Documentation is required?

Yes, as stated above the AHA representative will request whatever documentation is needed (e.g., birth certificates, tax returns) to verify the information given on your application. Other documentation that may be required includes an Alien Resident Card, Photo ID for any potential resident age 18 and over and Proof of Income.

The AHA will also rely on direct verification from your employer, etc. You will be asked to sign a form to authorize release of pertinent information to the AHA.

Fraud Alert: Willingly or knowingly providing false information on your application constitutes fraud, which may leave ineligible for housing and could lead to criminal charges.

When will I be notified?

After you complete the online application, your name will be put on a waiting list, unless the AHA is able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the AHA will contact you to process your application and determine your eligibility. If it is determined that you are ineligible, the AHA must say why and, if you wish, you can request an informal hearing.

Will I have to sign a lease?

If you are offered a house or apartment and accept it, you will have to sign a lease with the AHA. You may have to give the AHA a security deposit. You and the AHA representative should go over the lease together. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and the AHA's responsibilities as a landlord.

How is rent determined?

Your rent, which is referred to as the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) in this program, would be based on your family's anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow AHA to exclude from annual income the following allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for any elderly family, or a person with a disability; and some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities. Based on your application, the HA representative will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older.

Existing Applicants

All applicants who when contacted by the AHA indicated they wanted to remain on the waiting list were moved to the online application and your position on the waiting list was maintained. To access your application please follow these directions:
Please add a valid email address to your account in order to receive password help, which you can access by clicking the "Forgot Your Password?" link on the portal homepage underneath where you log in. Click save and next to confirm changes.