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Public Housing

What is public housing?

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to highrise apartments for elderly families.

Am I eligible for public housing?

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals.

The housing authority (HA) determines your eligibility based on:

  • annual gross income;
  • whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
  • U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.
  • If you are eligible, the HA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. HAs will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a negative effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.

    How do I apply?

    Public housing is operated by local Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (HRAs) or Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in cities and counties.


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