Am I eligible for affordable housing as a green card holder?

Answer

Yes, to be eligible for Section 8 and Public Housing, applicants must be a United States citizen or a noncitizen who has eligible immigration status. A United States Permanent Resident Card (otherwise known as a green card) is a valid document confirming eligible immigration status.

There are also affordable communities (such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credit communities) that do not have any citizenship requirements, so the fact that they have a green card does not apply to eligibility.

More Housing Assistance Eligibility FAQs from Low Income Households

  • The housing office I applied through told me I didn't qualify to receive assistance, and I don't know why. What could have made me ineligible?
  • Who qualifies for affordable housing assistance?
  • What has to be included in my household income?
  • Where can I apply?
  • Do I qualify with a criminal record?