Program Description

Public housing helps low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled get decent and safe rental housing. This could include anything from single-family houses to high-rise apartments.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) to manage housing at rents these people can afford.

General Program Requirements

Public housing is limited to low-income households. HAs will look at the following to decide if you qualify:

  • Your annual gross income.
  • Your status as elderly, disabled, or as a family.
  • Your U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

If you qualify, an HA will check your references. They must see that you have a good tenant history. If they find that you could have a harmful effect on other tenants or the project's status, they will deny your request.

To learn more, visit HUD’s Public Housing Program page for details.

Application Process

To apply for public housing, contact your local PHA. If you can’t reach an HA, contact the local HUD field office.

Last Updated: 09/01/2020