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What is Public Housing?

Public housing meetingPublic housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to apartments for elderly families.


There are approximately 1.3 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 Housing Authorities (HA)s. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.


Download the Public Housing Reasonable Accommodation Application PDF


Housing for Special Needs

CMHA continues its commitment to serve low-income households with disabilities. Previous year's efforts continued as the Authority expanded the number of housing units designed to accommodate physical disabilities and continued partnering at the county and state levels to provide rental assistance to some of our most vulnerable citizens. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) has a long-standing partnership with the local Gateway Consortium. Based on referrals from numerous agencies and county departments, over 1,000 housing vouchers were in use during the year by households with varying disabilities. The HCVP also continued to work in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide housing vouchers to individuals returning to the community from nursing homes. Staff throughout the Authority also participated in refresher training to address requests for reasonable accommodations. Nearly 100 units at seven existing public housing properties and three new construction projects were modified during the year to comply with Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). These units are located throughout the county at Riverside Park, West Boulevard Place, Bellaire Road Apartments, Delaney Village, Willson Tower, Scranton Castle, Carver Park, Phases II and III of Heritage View Homes, and Legacy Park at Outhwaite Homes. All of these units have been certified as UFAS- compliant, along with the modifications made at the King Kennedy Boys and Girls Club and Day Care Center facilities.


Do You Qualify For CMHA Public Housing?

Public housing is limited to income qualified families and individuals. CMHA 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, CMHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants.


CMHA may 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.


CMHA uses 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. All extremely low income and very low income families are eligible for both the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program programs. Low income families are also eligible for the Public Housing program but with restrictions. Listed below are the income limits for CMHA:


Household Size


Extremely Low Income (30%)

Very Low Income (50%)

Low Income (80%)










































How Is Rent Determined?

Your rent, which is referred to as the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) in this program, would be based on your family's anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any.


Based on your application, a CMHA representative will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older. The formula used in determining the TTP is the highest of the following, rounded to the nearest dollar:

  1. 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income. (Monthly Adjusted Income is annual income less deductions allowed by the regulations);

  2. 10 percent of monthly income;

  3. $25 minimum rent; or

  4. Flat rents which are set at 80% of fair market


What is the role of CMHA?

CMHA is responsible for the management and operation of its local public housing program.

On-going functions:

  1. (a) Assure compliance with leases. The lease must be signed by both parties;
    (b) Set other charges (e.g., security deposit, excess utility consumption, and damages to unit);
    (c) Perform periodic reexaminations of the family's income at least once every 12 months;
    (d) Transfer families from one unit to another, in order to correct over/under crowding, repair or renovate a dwelling, or because of a resident's request to be transferred;
    (e) Terminate leases when necessary; and
    (f) maintain the development in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.

  2. CMHA also provides other services, including: homeownership opportunities for qualified families; employment training opportunities, and other special training and employment programs for residents; and support programs for the elderly.


How Long Can You Stay In Public Housing?

In general, you may stay in public housing as long as you comply with the lease. If, at reexamination your family's income is sufficient to obtain housing on the open market, the HA may determine whether your family should stay in public housing. You will not be required to move unless there is affordable housing available for you on the open market.