Lycoming Housing was chartered as a municipal authority in March 1948 by resolution of the Lycoming County Commissioners. Our mission was to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to low income residents. That remains our core mission today.
Lycoming Housing started in 1948 by purchasing the Penn Vale development from the War Department (now called the Department of Defense). Over the years we added Michael Ross and P.D. Mitchell in 1952, William Hepburn in 1969, and Robert Montgomery Homes in 1973. In October 2005, we consolidated the Williamsport Housing Authority into Lycoming Housing. At that time we added the Kennedy King Manor development, the Round Houses, and the Peter Herdic Highrise to our inventory. In 2007 Kennedy King Manor was traded to the City of Williamsport for the property known as The Center (a local community center). In total, we own and operate 435 units of public housing today. Our Section 8 vouchers number 675 and are utilized throughout Lycoming County.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides rental subsidies for low income families in accordance with the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. Those subsidies can come in several forms, two of which we offer.
Public housing units are actual buildings and apartments owned by Lycoming Housing. Residents pay a portion of their monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities directly to the housing authority or the utility provider. HUD then pays the difference between the resident portion and Lycoming Housing’s cost to operate the unit.
Section 8 works basically the same way. The only difference is that the apartment or home is owned by a private landlord and not by Lycoming Housing.
The rental voucher is worth the same as the operating subsidy paid to public housing and is based on the cost of the rent plus the cost of utilities.
Think of it like this: Section 8 subsidy is attached to the resident (and moves from house to house with them) rather than it being attached to the unit (public housing subsidy stays with the unit and the resident who rents it next).
All in all, it is our mission and our vision to improve the quality of housing for local residents. We continue to work toward that goal every day. We thank you for considering Lycoming Housing as your next housing provider.