To qualify for public housing, such as apartments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, individuals or families must have low incomes. Additionally, they must be U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants who are elderly, disabled or have families.
HUD has very low income limits of 50 percent and lower income limits of 80 percent of the median income of the area in which an applicant applies for housing. Because income limits vary from place to place, applicants for HUD apartments should contact the local Public Housing Agency or HUD field office or research income limits on the HUD website to find out income limits in specific metropolitan areas or counties. Applicants for HUD public housing must provide documents that support their claims of income, citizenship or resident alien status, age and disability. The local Public Housing Authority also contacts employers and other authorities to verify provided information.
Applicants submit written applications with details of the family members requiring housing, present housing location, contact information for present and past landlords, current employer and current and anticipated income. The Public Housing Authority may also schedule an interview with the applicant and the applicant's family. The local housing authority gives preference to applicants with the lowest income and greatest housing needs. It also considers other criteria, such as whether the applicant is a veteran.