What is Public Housing?
Public Housing is federally-funded subsidized rental housing for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributes federal subsidies to the Housing Authority, which owns and manages the housing for low-income residents at affordable rents. The Housing Agency serves as the landlord and rents these units to eligible tenants.
MHA Public Housing Complexes
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Who qualifies for Public Housing?
- Those who qualify as a family, single person, elderly person, near elderly person, displaced person or remaining adult member of a tenant family;
- Annual income at the time of admission does not exceed the income limits as prescribed by HUD;
- Applicants must pass a background check including but not limited to criminal and past landlord history to determine if applicant is suitable for public housing;
- Applicant is a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen who have eligible immigration status
- Those whose household composition is appropriate for the unit sizes available in the PHA developments in accordance with the occupancy standards;
- Those who do not maintain another residence in addition to the PHA unit;
- Those whose members have not committed fraud in connection with any Federal Housing Assistance program;
- Applicant has not been evicted from public housing, Indian Housing, Section 23, or any Section 8 program because of drug-related criminal activity for a three-year period beginning the date of the eviction;
- Those convicted of manufacture or production of methamphetamine on the premises of any assisted housing project or programs are permanently barred from occupancy
Preferences for Admission
Municipal Housing Agency will assure that at least 40% of the new Public Housing tenants each year are at or below 30% of median income for this MSA area for each of the MHA Public Housing Complexes.
All otherwise eligible applicants will be assigned to the waiting list according to date and time of application and preference status determined as follows:
- Elderly and disabled families residing within the city limits of Council Bluffs -5 Pts. Families who live, work or have been hired to work within the city limits of Council Bluffs-3 Pts.Low income families residing within the city limits of Council Bluffs -2 Pts.
- Near elderly families residing within the city limits of Council Bluffs -4 Pts.
- Families displaced by natural disaster such as fire, earthquake, flood, etc., causing the unit to be uninhabitable-1 Pt.
- Families displaced by government action or code enforcement or problems with contract renewals at other HUD subsidized projects-1 Pt.
- Victims of domestic abuse only so long as the abusing family member is not included in the family-1 Pt.
- Low income families living outside the city limits of Council Bluffs-1 Pt.Near elderly families living outside the city limits of Council Bluffs-1 Pt. Elderly and disabled families living outside the city limits of Council Bluffs-1 Pt.