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Public Housing -FAQ


Who can apply for Public Housing?

You must be 18 years or older to submit a pre-application. There is no minimum income limit. HOC targets those whose income limits are at or below 50% of annual median income.

Can I apply for HOC’s Public Housing waiting list if I am not a Montgomery County resident?

Preference is given to people who live, work, or have notification of work in Montgomery County. However, anyone can apply.

Am I guaranteed Public Housing if I filled out the Public Housing application form in December 2008?

No. HOC will notify you whether or not you have been added to the waiting list within 90 days of filling out the application. When Public Housing becomes available, HOC will contact applicants for more detailed information.

How will I know whether or not I have been selected?

You will receive written notification from HOC if you have been randomly selected. All pre-applications not selected prior to the next opening of the waiting list will be discarded.

If I am selected from the waiting list, how long is the wait?

It is impossible to predict how long you will wait because HOC does not know when units will become available. On average, only 120 units become available each year.

After the waiting list closes, will I be able to call HOC and determine where I am on the list?

No. After the waiting list is closed, HOC will notify all applicants by mail that their application has been received. The new waiting list process does not organize the pre-applications in number order. All pre-applications will be maintained in a pool randomly selected by lottery.

If I receive Public Housing, how much will I pay in rent?

Typically, Public Housing residents pay 30% of their gross income for rent and utilities.

What are some of the conditions of receiving Public Housing?

As part of its selection process, HOC conducts criminal background checks, landlord reference checks, and credit checks.

How long can I stay in Public Housing?

In general, you may stay in public housing as long as you comply with the lease.

If, at reexamination your family's income is sufficient to obtain housing on the private market, HOC will determine whether your family should stay in public housing. You will not be required to move unless there is affordable housing available for you on the private market.