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Eligibility Requirements - Public Housing

Eligibility Requirements for Public Housing Program

Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Applicants must qualify as a "family".
  • Applicants total annual income does not exceed the applicable Income Limits (established by HUD).
  • Applicants must furnish declaration of Citizenship or Eligible Immigrant Status and Verification, where required.
  • Applicant or family members have not engaged in drug-trafficking or violent criminal activity, or convicted of a felony within seven years from the application date.
  • Applicant or family members have not been evicted from assisted housing under the 1937 Act for drug-related criminal activity during a period of time that is not less than seven years from the date of conviction.
  • Applicant has met the disclosure, documented verification, and certification requirements for disclosure of social security numbers.
  • Applicant must conform to the subsidy standards, which are appropriate to the vacant unit.
  • Applicants past performance in meeting financial obligations, especially rent, must be satisfactory.
  • Applicants may not have a record of past disturbances or have a negative reference from a former landlord or personal reference.
  • Applicants may not owe rent, other charges, or judgments to the PHA or to another PHA, Section 8 Agency, Private Owner, or Rental Agency.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older, or have been emancipated through the Courts.
  • Applicants that are not adequately housed in a PHA unit (some exceptions to this requirement).
  • Applicant must meet or exceed the Applicant Selection Criteria. Applicants must meet standard obligations of tenancy.
  • Applicants may not have committed fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with any Federal Housing Assistance Program, including illegal drug activity.
  • Applicants' child(ren), living in the household, must not have been convicted as an adult in a court of law for drug charges or any felonies.
  • Applicants must complete an orientation program sponsored by the PHA. Applicants or family members have not engaged in or threatened abusive or violent behavior toward PHA personnel.
  • Applicant or family members must not be subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program.