What Are the HUD Housing Rules?


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U.S. Housing and Urban Development rules regarding public housing for low-income individuals vary by state. Eligibility rules for HUD housing include low-income limits set at 80 percent of the median income for a certain area and very-low-income limits that are 50 percent of the median income, as of 2015.

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Additional eligibility rules regulate types of qualification. The elderly, persons with disabilities and families ay qualify for public housing if they are U.S. citizens or hold an eligible immigration status. References must also be provided and are checked before a person is given housing assistance.

HUD rules also require that applicants submit information regarding every person expected to live in the unit, any family characteristics or circumstances related to tenant selection preferences and estimated income for the next 12 months. The housing authority may also request names and addresses of employers, banks and previous landlords. HUD rules also allow housing authority employees to visit an applicant in his current home and to conduct interviews to determine how upkeep of the home is managed.

An individual interested in applying for HUD housing should contact his local housing authority for specific state rules relating to HUD housing, as well as with questions regarding waiting lists, available units and lease requirements.

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