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Participants who live in a unit managed by the Housing Authority can make maintenance requests online in the Tenant Portal.
Public housing was established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. A family that lives in public housing lives in a unit owned and managed by a Public Housing Authority (PHA). The Housing Authority of the City of Eureka manages 261 public housing units locally.
HUD provides Federal aid to public housing agencies (PHAs) that manage the housing units for low-income residents at rents they can afford. In fact, rent is often determined by the family’s income.
To apply for Public Housing, request an application by calling (707) 443-4583 ext. 210 or by visiting us at 735 West Everding Street, Eureka, CA. 95503.
During the application process, we will collect documents related to your family income, assets, and family composition. We use the information to determine your eligibility and will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer, and your bank.
- Public Housing application coming soon
Eligibility and Income Limits
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. An HA determines eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income of all adults 18 years and older in the household; 2) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status; and 3) the applicant’s status (e.g. family, elderly, a person with a disability). If you are eligible, the PHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. PHAs will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.
HAs 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. You can check HUD’s 2020 Income Limits here.
Long waiting periods are common since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the number of available public housing units.
The housing choice voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. A participating family or individual with a voucher may rent any housing unit that meets the program requirements from any owner who agrees to rent under the voucher program. Typically, a family pays approximately 30% of their calculated income toward rent.
A family with a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice: a single-family home, townhouse, or apartment. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family pays the remaining balance.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
To apply for a voucher, download the below application or request an application by calling (707) 443-4583 ext. 210 or by visiting us at 735 West Everding Street, Eureka, CA. 95503.
During the application process, the PHA will collect documents related to your family income, assets, and family composition. The PHA will use the information to determine your eligibility and will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer, and your bank.
- HCV Application (coming soon)
- Update My Application (coming soon)
Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the PHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and 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% of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.
Long waiting periods are common since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available to HUD and the local housing agencies. In fact, a PHA may close its waiting list when it has more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future.