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Public Housing Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

Public Housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The five eligibility requirements for admission to public housing are:

  • Qualifies as a "family" (may be single or family, elderly, or disabled)

  • Has an income within the income limits developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • One member of the family is a citizen, national, or non-citizen who has eligible immigration status.

  • All family members must provide documentation of Social Security numbers or certify that they do not have one, except any  member who is older than 62 as of January 31, 2010 and receiving assistance as of that date.

  • Each family member who is 18 years of age or older, and each family head and spouse regardless of age, signs consent authorization documents.

If you are eligible, HOC will check your references to make sure you will be good tenants. HOC will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.