Public Housing

Conventional public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Assisted housing comes in all types ranging from scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments. MHA owns and manages 2216 public housing units, ranging in size from efficiencies (0 bedrooms with living area, kitchen, and bath) to 5-bedroom units.

Unit assignment is based on family composition. MHA determines eligibility and rents based on:

  1. Annual gross income for all members of the household;
  2. Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
  3. U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

If a family is eligible, MHA will check references to ensure that the family will be a good tenant. The Authority will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the community’s environment.