Q. What are the income guidelines to qualify for HUD?
A. Household Size Area Median Income Limits
1 $30,100
2 $34,400
3 $38,700
4 $42,950
5 $46,400
6 $49,850
7 $53,300
8 $56,700

*Subject to change annually by HUD.

Q. What type of information is needed for a pre-application?

A. The information needed for pre-application: 1) Full name 2) Current address 3) Social Security number 4) Date of Birth/Birth Certificate 5) Household income 6) Race/Ethnicity 7) Citizenship status

Q. Where are the housing units located?

A. CHRC's affordable housing units are located in five communities within the city of Columbia, Tennessee. To view a map of the housing units click here.

Q. Will my pre-application still be accepted if it's incomplete?

A. No, if your pre-application is incomplete it will be rejected.

Q. How old do I have to be to apply for housing?

A. You must be 18 years of age to apply.

Q. Where can I get an application?

A. You may visit the management office to receive an application or you can apply online. Please be advised that the CHRC waiting list may close due to reaching a maximum number of applications, and if we are unable to house those individuals within a reasonable amount of time. This notice is posted in the local newspaper and on our website.

Q. How do I apply?

A. If you are interested in applying for public housing, contact your local HA (Housing Agency). If you have trouble contacting your local HA, contact the local HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Field Office.

Q. Who is eligible?

A. Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. An HA (Housing Agency) determines your 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, your local HA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. HAs 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.

HAs use income limits developed by HUD (Housing and Urban Development). 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. The HA serving your community can provide you with the income levels for your area and family size, or you can also find the income limits on the internet.

Q. What is public housing?

A. 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 single family houses to 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) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.