Online Applications

Apply Online for Public Housing

NOTICE: Effective 11/18/20 and until further notice, all Public Housing and Section 8 waiting lists are closed.

Dear Applicants and those seeking housing options,

Thank you for your interest, feedback and engagement as we opened our waiting lists.

We acknowledge some confusion may have occurred when we closed the lists prior to Friday, November 20, 2020.

In the original posting, we stated we would be accepting online applications from Wednesday, November 18th through Friday, November 20th, or until we reached capacity. Within hours, we received an overwhelming response. The waitlist reached capacity by noon on Wednesday, November 18th. We closed the applications when we reached capacity.

We understand there is a high demand to be placed on the waiting list. We will continue to provide notice as to when the list will open in the future. Notification and information will be posted on our website and social media platforms as they become available.

For those who were able to submit an application, to remain active on the waitlist, please remember it is your responsibility to keep your information up to date in the system.

Please report the following changes to your application as they occur:

  • Change in address
  • Change in phone number
  • Change in bedroom size
  • Change in family composition

If you experience any problems updating your information in the system, please contact Meilyn Ortiz, of the Tenant Selection Department, at 717-397-2835 ext. 3021 or by email at


Thank you for your interest in our housing programs and properties. To apply for either of our programs, you must complete an easy, step-by-step online application. We no longer accept paper applications.

You must complete the entire process for the application to be valid. Once you have entered all of the required information, you will submit the application and have an opportunity to print a copy for your records.

Your completed application will be held electronically on the waiting list. When your application is selected we will contact you for more information and to complete the screening process.

You can go back in at any time to check and update your application. We require that you keep your application up-to-date. If you cannot be reached at the address listed on your application, it will be withdrawn. If it is selected for placement on our waiting list, it is very important that your information is accurate and current.

Before you begin the application, make sure you know the names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of all household members. You will also need to know your total gross monthly household income. Total income means all the money you and all members of your household receive each month from all sources. This includes income from a job, welfare, Social Security, SSI, pensions, support (voluntary or court ordered), interest income, etc. Gross income means the amount received before any deductions, such as taxes, etc.

The application can be completed on any PC (or Mac), tablet, or smartphone. If none of these devices is available to you, click here for a list of locations in the City where you can access a computer.

If you have a specific question not answered here or in the application instructions, please contact us at:

Phone: (717) 397-2835 x3021
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Quick Links:
To view vacant positions at the LCHA, please click here.

Or, send resume and cover letter to:
Lancaster City Housing Authority
Attn: Human Resources
325 Church Street
Lancaster PA. 17602

No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified if chosen for an interview.