What are housing grants for public housing? These are grants to help provide safe rental housing for low-income families, the elderly and the disabled, given that the applicants are eligible. Public housing comes in a variety of forms, from small family homes to apartment complexes. There are approximately 1.2 million American families currently living in public housing throughout the U.S.
These types of housing grants are geared for people with very low incomes and base a person’s eligibility on their annual gross income. The committee also considers whether they qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family. They further look to see if they are U.S. citizens or have eligible immigration status. If a person or family is considered eligible, the grant holders will check a person’s references to make sure that they and their family will make good tenants. They will deny admission to any person whose habits and practices may be detrimental to others in the area where they wish to live.
For these housing grants, HUD has set income limits in order to determine if someone is eligible. HUD sets the lower incomes at 80% of the average income families, and the very low incomes at 50% of the average income of the area that the person resides in, not the average income in the United States. Income limits may vary from one area to another.
If people want to apply for housing grants of this sort, they should go to their local housing authority to find out what exactly they need to start the application process. Make sure that you know what the income limits are for the particular area that you live in or desire to live in. The application must be hand written and, generally, the housing authority will require the following:
- the names of all persons who will be living in the house or apartment
- their sex
- date of birth and relationship to the head of household
- their present address and phone number
- a family’s characteristics (veteran) or circumstances (living in substandard housing) that might help them qualify for tenant selection preferences
- name and addresses of their current and past landlords
- names and addresses of employers and banks.
Someone from the local housing authority may also visit the home to interview the person and family applying for the housing grant to see how they manage the upkeep of you current home.