Find the Best Affordable Housing for You

 The federal government does provide affordable housing for those in need. Housing assistance can be available in different programs depending on those needs and each family’s situation. If you have a low income, are a senior citizen, or are disabled, you may qualify for affordable housing.


The Basics

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a section of the United States federal government that provides affordable housing, regardless of an individual’s income. This department seeks to make communities stronger and more inclusive by supplying building owners and states with the funding they need to offer housing to low-income citizens. Various programs include transitional and supportive housing programs, both of which supply shelter to those seeking to find support they need for long-term success.


Privately Owned and Subsidized Housing

Privately owned, subsidized housing is owned by private owners who rent to low- or moderate-income individuals and receive subsidies for doing so. The owners of this type of housing can be for or nonprofit corporations or landlords. Types of housing provided include townhouses, single-family homes, and apartments. Subsidized housing can be acquired through the following approaches:

·       Vouchers, or programs that provide safe and sanitary shelter to those with low-income families (you may use a voucher anywhere in your state).

·       Multifamily subsidized housing, which means that the owner is given the subsidy. The subsidy remains with the property (subsidized housing is only valid for the development for which you apply).

A large number of individuals typically apply for subsidized housing. Because of the high demand for these types of programs, certain applicants may have priority over others. Subsidized housing also calls for tenant screening, in which your records, credit reports, and criminal background may be checked. If you get a voucher it is your responsibility to find an apartment, whereas subsidized housing includes an apartment upon admittance to the program.


Public Housing

 Public housing is another low-income housing program. Available in state-owned rental houses or apartments, this type of housing is for those making low wages, the disabled, and elderly individuals. Local housing agencies are given financial aid from HUD, who also carry out technical planning that goes into such developments. The following information applies to public housing:

·       Income limit. HUD sets an income limit for all applicants, with consideration of annual gross income and U.S. citizenship or immigration status, as well.

·       HUD sets the lower income limit to 80% and extremely low income to 50% of the median income for your country or city.

·       Rules may vary. The area in which you choose to live may determine your income limit.

If you are eligible for public housing, you will be given a background check to ensure that you will be a reliable tenant. Have references, past addresses, estimated family income, and employer and banking information readily available to list on your application. Birth certificates and tax returns may also be requested by housing agencies.

Finding the right affordable housing for you requires adequate research and planning. All low-income housing can help provide more affordable living for you and your family, but it is important that you know the ins and outs of each program so that you can select one that best fits your needs.


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