Individuals who are looking for low-income housing to rent can turn to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the HUD website. Programs are available for low-income individuals and families to rent homes and apartments at a price they can afford.
Public housing is limited to low-income individuals and families, states HUD. Eligibility is determined by the applicant's gross income, whether or not there is a qualifying elderly person or a person with a disability, and if the applicant meets citizenship eligibility. References may be reviewed to make certain the applicants have the capacity to be good tenants. Applicants may be denied if it is determined that their practices and habits may have a bad effect on the housing development or any other tenants, says HUD.
As of 2015, HUD has income limits at 80 percent, and very low income limits at 50 percent, of the median income for the country or the city in which an applicant chooses to live. These limits vary from city to city, so applicants may find they are eligible in one area, but not in another, says HUD. The local HUD office can provide applicants with all of the information regarding income levels in their area.