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How do you apply for public housing online?

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Applications for public housing cannot be made online. Applicants must fill out written forms and submit them at local Public Housing Agency offices. An interactive map with locations of Public Housing Agencies is available on the website of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Public housing is only available to families of low income and people who are elderly or disabled. Applicants or Housing Agency representatives must write out applications, giving details such as names, genders and dates of birth. They must also provide the relationship of each person to the head of household, along with a present address and phone number. The applicant must provide contact information of current and former landlords, as the Housing Agency must communicate with them about the applicant's reliability as a tenant. The application also requires a projection of income for the next 12 months, as well as contact information of the applicant's employer and banks. Housing Agency representatives may interview the applicant's family in their current home to assess its upkeep.

To find local Housing Agency offices, go to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website, click on Program Offices in the toolbar at the top of the page, select Public and Indian Housing, and click on Learn More under Public Housing. Under What Is Public Housing, click on Contact Your Local Housing Agency. Use the interactive map or state list to call up a statewide listing of addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers of Public Housing Agencies.

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