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.

2014 Income Limits

FY 2014 Income
Limit Area


FY 2014 Income
Limit Category

Persons in Family
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Petersburg city $72,900 Very Low (50%)
Income Limits ($)
25,550 29,200 32,850 36,450 39,400 42,300 45,200 48,150
Extremely Low (30%)
Income Limits ($)*
15,300 17,500 19,790 23,850 27,910 31,970 36,030 40,090
Low (80%)
Income Limits ($)
40,850 46,650 52,500 58,300 63,000 67,650 72,300 77,000