Eligibility for Public Housing / Section 8

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Eligibility for Public Housing / Section 8 2017-11-01T13:29:03+00:00

Waiting List Eligibility

After an application is turned in, initial background checks will be done to determine waiting list placement eligibility.

Maximum income limits for each program are based on gross income (before taxes).  

Family SizeSection 8 MaximumPublic Housing Maximum
1 person $22,750.00    $36,350.00
2 person$26,000.00  $41,550.00
3 person$29,250.00  $46,750.00
4 person$32,450.00    $51,900.00
5 person$35,050.00$56,100.00
6 person$37,650.00 $60,250.00
7 person$40,250.00$64,400.00
8 person$42,850.00 $68,550.00

If your application is denied placement on waiting lists, you will receive a notice that includes instructions on how to appeal the decision if you do not agree.

Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking: If you are eligible for Public Housing or Section 8, the housing authority cannot deny you rental assistance solely because you are a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. If you are the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you cannot be terminated from the Public Housing or Section 8 program or evicted based on acts or threats of violence committed against you. Also, criminal acts directly related to the domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking that are caused by a member of your household or a guest cannot be the reason for evicting you or terminating your rental assistance if you were the victim of the abuse. HUD Form 5382 (Certificate of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking) is available upon request and can also be found at www.hud.gov.

PHA Policy
To be eligible for assistance, an applicant must qualify as a family. Family as defined by HUD includes, but is not limited to the following, regardless actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, a single person, who may be an elderly person, disabled person, near-elderly person, or any other single person; or  a group of persons residing together. Such group includes, but is not limited to a family with or without children (a child who is temporarily away from the home because of placement in foster care is considered a member of the family), an elderly family, a near-elderly family, a disabled family, a displaced family, or the remaining member of a tenant family. The PHA has the discretion to determine if any other group of persons qualifies as a family.  Gender Identity means actual or perceived gender characteristics.  Sexual orientation means homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

A family also includes two or more individuals who are not related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other operation of law but who either can demonstrate that they have lived together previously or certify that each individual’s income and other resources will be available to meet the needs of the family.

Each family must identify the individuals to be included in the family at the time of application, and must notify the PHA if the family’s composition changes.

Household – Household is a broader term that includes additional people who, with the PHA’s permission, live in an assisted unit, such as live-in aides, foster children, and foster adults.

At least one member of the household must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a noncitizen with eligible immigration status to apply.

If any household member owes money to CHA or another federally subsidized housing program, the application will be denied. The balance must be paid in full before being eligible to be placed on waiting lists.

If any household member has engaged in any type of drug related or violent criminal activity, the application will be denied for a period of 10 years from the date of the most recent incident.

If any household member has ever registered as an offender on a state sex offender and violent criminal registry, the application will be denied on a permanent basis.