To qualify for public housing, a household’s income must not exceed standards set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To qualify, a household must not make more than 80% of the area median income. Rent for each unit is based upon income of the tenant. Tenants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent and utilities. Included with the rent, the Housing Authority pays for water, sewer and trash collection.
The demand for low-rent public housing is high. The current waiting time for available units ranges from 18 to 24 months. Applications are filed in chronological order by date and time of receipt and unit size needs.