Program Overview

The Altoona Housing Authority is responsible for administering the Section 8 rental assistance program in the City of Altoona. The staff administers Vouchers that are utilized throughout the City. The staff is responsible for monitoring tenant and landlord compliance with the program regulations.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance in the form of a voucher to low and very-low income families, singles, senior citizens, disabled and handicapped individuals.

Eligible applicants will be issued a “Housing Choice Voucher.” Holders are responsible for finding their own suitable housing within the city based upon the size of their family and the requirements of the program.

The Section 8 Department can be contacted if you have any questions or need assistance.

To Qualify You Must Meet These Income Guidelines

Gross household incomes must not exceed the following amounts:

Household Size Income Limits
1 Person Household $25,550 or less per year
2 Person Household $29,200 or less per year
3 Person Household $32,850 or less per year
4 Person Household $36,450 or less per year
5 Person Household $39,400 or less per year
6 Person Household $42,300 or less per year
7 Person Household $45,200 or less per year
8 Person Household $48,150 or less per year

Placement Procedure

The waiting list is maintained according to date and time of application. Eligible applicants only pay 30% of their gross income towards rent/utilities. If an eligible tenant is living outside of the city limits of Altoona, they must move within the city limits of Altoona to use the Section 8 voucher. The tenant is responsible for finding the apartment/house in which they want to use the rental assistance.

Kathi Ardizzone,
Section 8 Coordinator

(814) 949-2008 ext. 321
kathi.ardizzone@altoonahousing.org

Kathi manages the Section 8 Department, ensuring all procedures are properly met and can be contacted for general program questions.

Jen Drass,
Management Aide

(814) 949-2008 ext. 322
jen.drass@altoonahousing.org

Jen is the caseworker for tenants with last name A-C, The Taylor/Fairview, Harmony House, HUD-VASH Vouchers, and does new tenant lease-ups and processes payments.

Gina Kemp,
Management Aide

(814) 949-2008 ext. 300
gina.kemp@altoonahousing.org

Gina is AHA receptionist. She can be contacted for general program questions.

Kirk Robison,
Management Aide

(814) 949-2008 ext. 324
krobison@altoonahousing.org

Kirk is the caseworker for tenants with last name D-J, City Hall Commons and Pleasant Village.

Doreen Yahner,
Management Aide

(814) 949-2008 ext. 301
doreen.yahner@altoonahousing.org

Doreen is the caseworker for tenants with last name K-Z.

Autumn Wagner,
Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator

(814) 949-2008 ext. 329
awagner@altoonahousing.org

Autumn administers the Family Self Sufficiency Program for the Section 8 and Public Housing programs.

Daniel Wogan,
Housing Inspector

(814) 949-2008 ext. 325
dan.wogan@altoonahousing.org

Dan inspects units prior to tenant move-in and on an annual basis thereafter to ensure building regulations are met.