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The Venango County Housing Authority pays a portion of rent for lower income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities in order for them to obtain safe,  affordable housing.  Families with no income may also qualify for services.  The Housing Authority has entered into an Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer two programs.  The following are the programs currently in effect:  


Housing Choice Voucher Program  (Section 8)

Those who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program choose a qualified house, apartment, townhouse, or mobile home located anywhere in the jurisdiction of Venango County except within the city limits of Oil City and Franklin.  These two cities have their own housing authorities and should be contacted directly for information on their programs.

In order to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program you must be income eligible (very low income limit for the area) and not be disqualified from participation as a result of certain criminal offenses or past default.  Please refer to the ZERO TOLERANCE OF FRAUD, DRUGS, ALCOHOL ABUSE & CRIME Policy.

The housing unit owner must also agree to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the unit must pass the Housing Quality Standards inspection, meeting minimum guidelines as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Anyone interested in participating in this program should complete an application.  Please note there is a waiting list that was reopened on January 9, 2012 and will remain open until further notice.  Preference is given to current residents of Venango County.

Cherry Hill Apartments

The Cherry Hill Apartments is a 20 unit apartment complex located in a country setting off Rockwood Avenue, Cornplanter Township, Oil City, Pennsylvania.  The complex offers 3 & 4 bedroom townhouse units.   Water, sewage, refuse service, oven/range, refrigerator, and laundry hook-ups are included in the rent.  You must not be disqualified from participation as a result of any history of certain crimes. 

If you are interested in either program:
                        1. An application can be printed from the "Steps to Apply"
                            section of our website.  Fill out the application completely
                            and mail it to the Authority Office at:
                            Housing Authority of the County of Venango
                            1 Dale Avenue
                            Franklin, PA  16323 
                        2. An application can be picked up at the Authority Office
                            and completed on site.
                        3. Applications will not be mailed.

Income Guidelines
For Venango County, Pennsylvania
Effective January 6, 2014


 Family Composition   

 Extremely   Low Income

 Very Low






 1 Person




 2 Person




 3 Person




 4 Person




 5 Person 




 6 Person




 7 Person




 8 Person





Venango County Housing Authority
Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards
Effective: 07/01/2014

 0 Bedroom


 1 Bedroom


 2 Bedroom


 3 Bedroom


 4 Bedroom



The payment standard is the maximum that the Housing Authority can contribute toward rent on behalf of the Tenants.  This new payment standard was adopted by the Board of Directors on May 28, 2014.



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