Can a non-elderly person rent an apartment in public housing?

Can a non-elderly person rent an apartment in public housing?

Under state law, no more than 13.5% of a housing authority’s state-funded elderly and disabled apartments can be rented to non-elderly people with disabilities. Some places have been at this 13.5% cap for many years. In those communities, it is very difficult for non-elderly people with disabilities to get apartments in this type of housing.

Who is responsible for selecting tenants for public housing?

Although housing authorities do not select tenants for these properties, they own the properties and contract with the DMH or Department of Developmental Services (DDS, formerly known as the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR)) to arrange tenant selection and to staff the housing.

What kind of public housing is there for seniors?

State-funded public housing for seniors and people with disabilities is open to households where one member of the household is at least 60 years of age or has a disability and meets certain income guidelines. Apartments are usually studios and one-bedroom units, although there are a few two-bedroom apartments.

Can a person with a disability rent public housing?

For state public housing, the person with a disability can be any member of the family and does not have to be the head of household or a spouse (as is the case in federal public housing). For this program, however, there is a limit as to the percentage of non-elderly people with disabilities who are allowed to rent.

What are the rules for subsidized housing tenants?

(Monthly Adjusted Income is annual income less deductions allowed by the regulations); (2) 10 percent of monthly income; (3) welfare rent, if applicable; or (4) a $25 minimum rent or higher amount (up to $50) set by the PHA. Tenant generally pays 30% of monthly adjusted gross income to rent and utilities.

Who are the landlords and tenants of public housing?

Public housing tenant: the Housing Authority owns the property where you, the tenant, resides. Most often, the Housing Authority also manages the property as landlord. Most often, the Housing Authority also manages the property as landlord.

Who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

Since 2017, Ben Carson has served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Trump Administration. The position was last held by Julian Castro from 2014 until 2017. HUD administers affordable housing programs that help low-income households pay for rent.

What do you need to know about being a PHA tenant?

The PHA determines your eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the PHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants.