The requirements for subsidized housing eligibility include being a U.S. citizen and having an income below the average income level, according to SFGate. States and local municipalities set their own specific requirements.
Subsidized public housing was established to provide safe and affordable housing for low-income families, persons with disabilities and the elderly. The Department of Housing and Urban Development regulates subsidized housing based on income. HUD's regulations state that if families and individuals make 80 percent of the average annual income in the county, they are generally eligible for lower income housing. If families and individuals only make 50 percent of the average annual income, they may qualify for very low income housing, reports SFGate.
People applying for subsidized housing must be U.S. citizens, or have eligible immigration status, according to SFGate. Lawful temporary residents, trafficking victims, refugees, parolees, and citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau may qualify for subsidized public housing.
Income limits also come with a number of additional requirements. A single individual with a lower income may not be eligible for subsidized housing, whereas a family of three with the same income may qualify. The elderly and the disabled are usually considered to be at the top of the priority list, says SFGate.