Public Housing

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What Is Public Housing?

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high rise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 HAs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) governs and administers federal funds to local housing authorities to manage housing.

PRHA has two family developments (Pecan Acres Estates and Pin Oaks Estates) and one high-rise development (Sycamore Towers). In our family developments the bedroom range is from 1 bedroom to 6-bedrooms. Sycamore Towers units range from efficiency to 2-bedrooms.

Who Is Elgible?

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. PRHA determines eligibility based on: 1) annual gross income; 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 you are eligible, the PRHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. PRHA 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.

The authority uses income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Virginia HUD office). HUD sets the lower-income limit at 80% and very-low-income-limit 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 housing authority but no another. The authority can provide you with the income levels for the city of Petersburg and family size.

      2015 Income Limits

2015 Income Limit Area

Median Income

2015 Income Limit Category

                                        Persons in Family

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

 

Petersburg city

 

$74,200

Very Low (50%) Income Limits ($)

26,000

29,700

33,400

37,100

40,100

43,050

46,050

49,000

Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits ($)

15,600

17,800

20,090

24,250

28,410

32,570

36,730

40,890

Low (80%) Income Limits ($)

41,550

47,500 53,450 59,350

64,100

68,850

73,600

78,380