Frequently Asked Housing Assistance 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 housing, and comparatively low supply, it is possible that you did qualify, but were not among the applicants that were placed on the waiting list. For example, 20,000+ people may apply to a waiting list opening that is placing 1,000 applicants on that waiting list.

Contact the housing office you applied through to find out why you did not qualify. You can search our website for housing authority and apartment community contact information.

Link to this FAQ:

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?
How do I apply for affordable housing assistance?
How old do you have to be to apply?
What is an income limit?
What housing assistance do I qualify for?
If my child is disabled, would I qualify for a disability preference?
What should my credit score be in order to receive housing?
If I lost my rental assistance, can I get it again?
Will slow rent payments or an eviction keep me from getting accepted?
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?
When applying, can I submit a copy of a document instead of the original?
Will child and transportation expenses be deducted when calculating our contribution to rent?
If you report a change in your income, will they make you move?
My income will be lower after I move. Would I apply using my current income, or the income I will receive after moving?
If your income increases, are you still eligible for affordable housing?
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.
Am I eligible for affordable housing as a green card holder?
Are you required to be employed to receive housing assistance?
Can a homeless person apply for housing assistance?
Can a single person apply?
Can I apply on my own, even if I currently live with other people?
Can part-time workers qualify?
I moved away and lost my housing assistance. Now that I have moved back, can I get it again?
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?
I'm unable to work due to my age/disability. Can I qualify for the working preference?
Does HUD help veterans with housing?
How can I be assured that I will be placed on the waiting list?
If I am already in an affordable housing program, can I apply to another?
How do I find housing assistance with a disability?
How do I find housing assistance for seniors?
Can you get housing with no income?