Frequently Asked Eligibility Questions

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?

Any housing office that provides a HUD program is legally required to explain to you why you did not qualify. Due to the high demand of affordable hou... Read More

Who qualifies for affordable housing assistance?

The most important qualifier is income. For most housing programs, the general qualification requires that the household makes less than 50% of the... Read More

What does an income limit mean?

The income limit for an affordable housing program is the maximum amount of income a household can earn to qualify to receive assistance.The... Read More

How old do you have to be to apply?

Generally, applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.However, there are waiting list openings and affordable housing communities tha... Read More

How do I apply for affordable housing assistance?

Depending on the housing program you apply to, applications for an open waiting list will be available from the area's housing authority, or by... Read More

Do I qualify with a criminal record?

Having a criminal record may make it difficult for a person to receive housing, but it does not automatically disqualify them. Housing providers ar... Read More

Where can I apply?

You can apply to open affordable housing rental assistance waiting lists nationwide.To receive rental assistance in your area of interest, y... Read More

What should my credit score be in order to receive housing?

Your credit score will not have an affect on your eligibility to receive Section 8 or Public Housing assistance. However, once you receive a Sect... Read More

If you currently have no income whatsoever, will places accept your application?

Yes. Simply put, the most important qualifier is income. Generally, applicants must make less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for that a... Read More

If I lost my rental assistance, can I get it again?

In most cases, if you lost your rental assistance, you must re-apply to the waiting list to receive assistance again. W... Read More

Will slow rent payments or an eviction keep me from getting accepted?

Having an eviction on your record may make it difficult to qualify for housing. Generally, it depends on the reason the household was evicted. Co... Read More

When applying, can I submit a copy of a document instead of the original?

Each housing authority operates differently, so we cannot give you a definite answer.Some housing offices require you to submit th... Read More

If you report a change in your income, will they make you move?

If your income changes, and it is still under the specified income limit for the number of persons in your household, you likely wouldn't have to move... Read More

My income will be lower after I move. Would I apply using my current income, or the income I will receive after moving?

Even if you are expecting an income change in the future, you must report the total gross income you are currently receiving. If p... Read More

If your income increases, are you still eligible for affordable housing?

That depends on if your income still qualifies for the income limit. If it is still under the limit, then yes, you are still eligible. Applica... Read More

Isn't affordable housing supposed to be income based? The property manager said they were affordable housing, but charges all tenants the same monthly rent.

Not all affordable housing programs are operated by having the tenant pay a portion of their income as rent. There are affordable housing programs, su... Read More

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

Yes, to be eligible for Section 8 and Public Housing, applicants must be a United States citizen or a noncitizen who has eligible immigration statu... Read More

Are you required to be employed to receive housing assistance?

Sometimes you may be required to be employed to receive housing assistance, but for the most part, most programs do not require active employment.... Read More

Can a homeless person apply for housing assistance?

Yes, a homeless person can apply for housing assistance.Many waiting lists also have preferences for homeless applicants, which would give t... Read More

Can a single person apply?

Yes, anyone can apply, including single persons.This may be confusing, since HUD's general term for a household is a "family."... Read More

Can I apply on my own, even if I currently live with other people?

Yes, you can apply on your own, even if you currently live with other people.If you are applying to an affordable housing program on your ow... Read More

Can part-time workers qualify?

Yes, part-time workers qualify, as long as their income meets the required income limit.When calculating income, your qualification depends ... Read More

I am disabled, what are my options?

Many waiting lists have preferences that place qualified applicants higher on the waiting list than general applicants. Elderly persons is a prefer... Read More

I'm unable to work due to my age/disability. Can I qualify for the working preference?

Yes, persons who are unable to work due to their age or disability also qualify for the working preference.... Read More

Does HUD help veterans with housing?

Yes, there has been an effort over the last few years to assist veterans in need of housing assistance.The most well known form of housing a... Read More

How can I be assured that I will be placed on the waiting list?

Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, there is no guarantee that you will be placed on a waiting list, ev... Read More

If I am already in an affordable housing program, can I apply to another?

Yes, you can apply to any affordable housing program, even if you are currently receiving rental assistance by another program.Once your nam... Read More

If my child is disabled, would I qualify for a disability preference?

Generally, no.In most cases, a household may qualify for a preference only if the head of household, co-head or spouse qualifies. ... Read More

My mother no longer needs assistance anymore, but it would help me and my children. Would she be able to pass it down to us?

If your mother applied as the Head of Household, and you were on the application as a household member, it is unlikely that she can take her name off ... Read More

Our Head of Household died. Can we still receive assistance?

In the unfortunate event that the Head of Household has died, housing authorities should already have a policy on how to move forward, whether the hou... Read More

Will child and transportation expenses be deducted when calculating our contribution to rent?

Different programs have different ways they handle this. Usually, transportation expenses may not be deducted when calculating the tenant rent payment... Read More

I moved away and lost my housing assistance. Now that I have moved back, can I get it again?

Technically, yes, but by moving away, your previous housing assistance was terminated. You may receive housing assistance again, but you may not si... Read More

I was denied for having a marijuana charge on my record. If I move to a state where marijuana is legal, will I be eligible?

Since the charge is already on your record, it will be considered, so your eligibility is determined by the housing office's policy on how it t... Read More