Public Housing

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The Housing Authority determines your eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the Housing Authority will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. The Housing Authority will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.

The McKean County Housing Authority owns and manages 416 public housing units in McKean County. These properties are located in Bradford, Smethport, Port Allegany, Eldred, Lewis Run, Kane, Foster Township and Mt. Jewett. Each location has a separate waiting list. All waiting lists vary in size depending on bedroom size needed.

All Public Housing units are SMOKE-FREE.

Earned Income Disallowance – Employment Pays Off

Public Housing EID (Earned Income Disallowance)
EID Program  Download  
EID Worksheet  Download  

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The McKean County Housing Authority can assist qualified applicants with rental subsidies through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Housing Choice Vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Housing Authority.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

Family Self-Sufficiency – Steps To Becoming Independent

Landlord – Property Owner Information

Section 8 FSS (Family Self Sufficiency)
FSS Consent Of Release Of Informaiton  Download  
FSS Computer Matching Consent  Download  
FSS Action Plan 2011  Download  
FSS Request For Reasonable Accommodation  Download  
FSS Reasonable Accommodation  Download  
FSS Program Survey  Download  
FSS ITSP  Download  
FSS Instructions  Download  
FSS Family Needs Form  Download  
Section 8 Landlords / Property Owners
Property Owner Application  Download  
Property Manager Authorization  Download  
Model Lease  Download  
Rent Reasonableness Assessment Data Sheet  Download  
Lead Based Paint Disclosure  Download  
Landlord Packet Letter  Download  
Direct Deposit Authorization Form  Download  

Central Towers

Central Towers is a 6 (six) story building that was constructed in 1978 for the purpose of providing affordable housing to elderly and disabled, income qualified individuals. There are 83 one-bedroom apartments with a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. There are 5 handicap accessible units located on the first floor. There are additional units with “cut-out” tubs on the higher floors.

Rent is based on income and includes all utilities and basic cable. On-site amenities include 2 elevators, a large community room, coin-operated laundry room, a pavilion, a beauty salon, and a computer lab.

Central Towers is SMOKE-FREE.