The Department of Housing and Urban Development sets the qualifying income level for low-income apartments at 80% of the median income for the county or municipality in which the applicant lives. Income limits vary from area to area, so eligibility in one area does not mean eligibility in another.
Other requirements for low-income housing are that the applicant for rental housing must either have low income, be a person or have a family member with disabilities, or be an elderly person. When making an application, the application must be written naming all of the individuals who may live in the unit, as well as indicating their sex, date of birth, and relationship to the head of the family.
Applicants must provide their present address and phone number, as well as the name and address of previous landlords. An estimate of the family's income for the next year and the sources of that income must be outlined on the application. The application must include names and addresses of employers, banks and other information the housing authority may need to verify incomes and family composition. After an application is submitted, a housing authority representative describes the program and the requirements and answers questions applicants may have.