What Are the Requirements for Receiving Low-Income Housing Assistance?


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The Department of Housing and Urban Development sets the requirements for low-income apartments at 80 percent of the median income for the county or municipality in which the applicant applies for housing. Limits vary from area to area, so eligibility in one area does not mean eligibility in another

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Other requirements for low-income housing, aside from the applicants' income level, are that applicants can apply if they or a family member has a disability, or if they are elderly. When making an application, the application must be in written form, 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 for verification. An estimate of the family's income for the next 12 months 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 the family composition. After an application is submitted, a housing authority representative may sit down with the applicant to describe the program and its requirements and to answer questions applicants may have.

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