Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the Public Housing Agency (PHA) based on:
- the total annual gross income
- family size
- US citizens or specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.
In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live.
By law, a PHA must provide 75 percent of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income.
Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.
The PHA serving your community can provide you with the income limits for your area and family size.
During the application process, the PHA will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition.
The PHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank, and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment
If the PHA determines that your family is eligible, the PHA will put your name on a waiting list, unless it is able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the PHA will contact you and issue to you a housing voucher.