PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAM OVERVIEW

TENANTS AND LANDLORDS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. There are approximately 1.3 million households living in public housing units throughout the United States; managed by some 3,300 Housing Authorities (HA). The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage the housing for residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing, and managing these developments.

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa administers 1,168 public housing units from as far West as San Pablo to as far East as Brentwood. Please note that the City of Richmond administers its own public housing program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Public housing is limited to income-qualified families and individuals. The Housing Authority determines your eligibility based on income, household composition, U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status, suitability, and HACCC rules – without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or familial status.

Housing Authorities use income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low-income limits at 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you choose to live. Income limits vary from area to area so you may be eligible at one HA but not at another. The HA serving your community can provide you with the income levels for your area and family size, or you can also find the income limits here.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Currently, the waitlist is closed. If you would like to receive an alert when the waitlist does reopen, please sign up here.

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