Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.
The Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program provides subsidized affordable apartment communities for disabled persons. These communities are owned by private property management companies or an individual private owner. Program participants pay the higher of 30% of their net income or 10% of their gross income for rent. Some exceptions apply for acceptance of welfare payments from an agency on behalf of the tenant household. You apply for a Section 811 apartment by submitting an application to the property’s management company or landlord, but there are properties that do not take applicants from the general public. Those properties require the applicant be referred from a related local organization. Applicants may apply nationwide, regardless of where they currently live. If the community does not have any available units, you will be placed on a waiting list.
Not all areas have properties that offer the Section 811 program, so check for properties in nearby cities and counties, as well.
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