Public Housing, an essential component of low-income housing solutions, plays a crucial role in providing safe and affordable homes to individuals and families facing financial hardship. Like Section 8, public housing can greatly reduce the burden  of high rental costs.

However, there are a few key differences between the Section 8 program and public housing. Let’s explore this unique type of affordable housing in the sections below.

Public Housing: A Safety Net for Low-Income Individuals and Families

What is Public Housing?

Public housing refers to government-funded housing developments managed by local housing authorities or public housing agencies. These properties are designed to offer affordable rental options for individuals and families with limited income. 

Public housing complexes can range from apartment buildings to townhouses and are typically maintained to meet specific quality standards.

Who Can Typically Live in Public Housing?

Public housing is primarily intended for low-income individuals and families who meet specific income eligibility criteria set by their local housing authority. 

The eligibility requirements may vary from one location to another, but they generally prioritize households with the greatest need, including seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.

General Requirements to Live in Public Housing

In order to live in a public housing complex, applicants must generally meet the following general requirements:

  • Income Limits: Applicants must have a household income that falls below a certain threshold, which is determined by the local housing authority.
  • Citizenship or Eligible Immigration Status: Typically, applicants must be U.S. citizens or have eligible immigration status.
  • Background Check: Applicants may be subject to a criminal background check, and certain convictions may disqualify them from public housing.
  • Rental History: A satisfactory rental history, including no recent evictions, is often required.
  • Family Composition: The size of the household should match the unit’s size, and families must comply with occupancy policies.

How to Apply or Find Public Housing

Start by reaching out to your local housing authority or public housing agency. They can provide information on available properties, eligibility criteria, and the application process.

Then, you’ll likely need to fill out the application form provided by the housing authority. Be prepared to provide documentation of your income, household composition, and other required information.

Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the housing authority. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be placed on a waiting list.

When a unit becomes available, you should receive an offer based on your position on the waiting list. You can choose to accept or decline the offer.

By understanding what public housing is, who is eligible, and how to apply, you can take the first steps toward securing stable housing and improving your quality of life. In the next slide, we will explore another essential type of low-income housing: low-income tax credit housing.

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