How to Apply for Government Housing

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, about 1.2 million households live in government-owned public housing. Local housing agencies manage these public housing units, providing them at a cost low-income residents can afford. The key to successfully applying for government housing is to make sure you and your family meet the income requirements for the region where you live, as well as to make sure you and your family meet the behavioral standards these agencies set to keep public housing safe for all residents.

Determine whether your family's income qualifies you for government housing in your area. This information is available on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website (see Reference 2).

Contact your local housing agency and schedule an intake appointment. This information is also available on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website (see Reference 3).

Fill out an application with the local housing agency. On the application you must provide the names and birth dates all the people who will be living in the government housing, as well as the names and addresses of your current and previous landlords as references. You must also provide an estimate of your family's income for the next 12 months, along with the names and addresses of your and your family's employers and banks.

Include with the application approved copies of birth certificates and tax statements that verify the information you gave on it.

Schedule an at-home visit with a representative from the local housing agency. The agent will take notes on how well you maintain your current residence as part of the processing of determining your eligibility for public housing.

Sign a lease with your local housing agency if you are approved for government housing.

Tips

  • The demand for government housing often is greater than the housing available. Housing agencies often have to make difficult choices, sometimes approving only those families who are most in need.

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About the Author

Don Rafner has been writing professionally since 1992, with work published in "The Washington Post," "Chicago Tribune," "Phoenix Magazine" and several trade magazines. He is also the managing editor of "Midwest Real Estate News." He specializes in writing about mortgage lending, personal finance, business and real-estate topics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Illinois.