The public housing authority determines eligibility and supervises the program for public housing. Housing authority offices consist of local administrators who maintain compliance of the program following state and federal statutes, especially rules set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also manage public housing programs for the local community. There are over 3,000 housing authority offices, as of 2015.
Housing authority administrators calculate the annual income of an applicant to determine if it meets federal limits for public housing. The housing authority completes local paperwork, verifies employment information and calculates the family size of an applicant. Once an applicant is on the waiting list, the housing authority conducts the notification. A worker from the local public housing authority reviews lease terms with the applicant, who receives housing and collects security deposits, if applicable.
The local housing authorities oversee leases to maintain compliance with renters and check eligibility requirements annually to determine lease renewal. Acting as property managers, those in housing authorities move renters to different housing units and end leases if a renter breaks a lease. The public housing authority also has the responsibility to keep housing units up to state and federal code and order maintenance for specific housing units.