Charlestown Housing Authority

Selection Method

  1. Working Families. 12 Prefereace Points
    The PHA has established a preference for working families, where the head, spouse, co-head or sole member is employed at least thirty (30) hours per week.
    As required by the Department Of Housing and Urban development(HUD), families where the head, spouse, co-head or sole member is a person age 62 years or older, or is a person with disabilities, will also be given the benefit of the working preference. {24 CFR 960.206(b) (2)}
  2. Violence Against Women. 8 Preference Points
    Applicants for housing assistance from the PHA will receive a preference by virtue of their status as victims of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, if otherwise eliglble.
  3. Veterans or Service Person. 12 Preference Points
    Veterans or Service Person Preference: This preference is given to an applicant who is a Veteran or member of the Armed Services or a dependent family member of a Veteran or Service Person.
    • Veteran means any person honorable discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States after serving 181 consecutive days or more, or who served under the direction of the Armed Forces and Clandestine forces of the United States.
    • A Service Person is part of an applicant's family and is in the military forces of the United States at the time of application for housing. Military forces means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the Commissioned corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
  4. Substandard Housing/Homeless/lnvoluntarily Displaced. 10 Preference Points
    Verification of substandard housing must be a letter from a government agency, homeless verification will be written certification by a public or private facility providing shelter, the police or social services agency the family has been continuously working with.
    Prior to the final processing of the application, CHA may require a second certification from the same source that the applicant is not yet permanently housed and has continuously been homeless or temporarily housed since claiming the preference. Displaced verification will be a letter from a government agency.
  5. Disabled. 12 Preference Points
    The PHA has established a preference for the disabled, where the head, spouse, co-head or family member has been designated as disabled.
  6. Elderly. 12 Preference Points
    The PHA has established a preference for the elderly giving 12 preference points.
    Changes in Preference Status. Occasionally familiies on the waiting first who did not qualify for a preference at the time they applied for rental assistance will experience a change in circumstances that now qualifies them for a preference. In such instances: (1) It is a family's responsibility to contact the PHA; (2) Families certifying that they now qualify for a preference will be repositioned in accordance with their new preference and their date and time of application; and (3) They will then be informed in writing of their change in status and place on the waiting list.
Denial of Preferences:
  • No preference of any kind will be given to an applicant if any member of the applicant's family was evicted during the past three years from housing assistance under the 1937 Housing Act Program because of drug-releted criminal activity, except that the PHA may give an admission preference if the PHA determines that the evicted person:
    1. Has successfully completed a rehabilitation program approved by the PHA;
    2. Clearly did not participate in or know about the drug related criminal activity; or
    3. No longer participates in any drug-related criminal activity

Income Targeting Requirement{24 CFR 960.202(b)}

HUD requires that extremely low-income (ELI) families make up at least 40% of the families admitted to public housing during the PHA's fiscal year. ELI families are those with annual incomes at or be low 30% of the area median income. To ensure this requirement is met, the PHA may skip non-ELI families on the waiting list in order to select an ELI famiiy.

If the PHA also operates a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), admission of extremely low-income families to the PHA's program during a PHA fiscal year that exceeds the 75% minimum target requirement for the voucher program, shall be credited against the PHA's basic targeting requirement in the public housing program for the same fiscal year. However, under these circumstances the fiscal year credit to the public housing must not exceed the lower of: (1) ten percent of the public housing waiting list admissions during the PHA fiscal year; (2) ten percent of the waiting list admissions to the housing choice voucher program during the PHA fiscal year; or (3) the number of qualifying low income families who commence occupancy during the fiscal year of PHA public housing units located in census tracts with a poverty rate of 30 percent or more. For this purpose, qualifying low-income family means a low income family other than an extremely low-income family.

PHA Policy

The PHA will monitor progress in meeting the extremely low-income requirement throughout the fiscal year. Extremely low-income families will be selected ahead of other eligible families on an as needed basis to ensure that income targeting requirements are met.