Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for public housing?

Eligibility is determined by several factors: 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.


What are the income limits?

All applicants must be within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines; household income may not exceed 80% of the area median. Current income limits are posted at 100 Broad Street, and are also available online.


How much will I pay in rent?

Rent is calculated according to federal regulations, limiting payment to 30% of adjusted household income.


What if I am denied housing?

If your application is rejected, you will receive the reason for denial in writing. You may request an informal conference within ten (10) days and a formal grievance hearing within thirty (30) days for reconsideration.


Can I choose where I live?

No. The person at the top of the list is offered an apartment at the development with the largest number of vacancies.


What happens if I refuse the apartment offered?

If you decide to turn down the apartment PHA offers you, your name will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.


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