What are the eligibility requirements to live at Saratoga Tower? PDF Print E-mail

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A. Family Status

1. A family with or without children. Such a family is defined as a group of people related by blood, marriage, adoption or affinity that live together in a stable family relationship.

a. Children temporarily absent from the home due to placement in foster care are considered family members.

b. Unborn children and children in the process of being adopted are considered family members for the purpose of determining bedroom size but are not considered family members for determining income limit.

2. An elderly family, which is:

a. A family whose head, spouse, or sole member is a person who is at least 62 years of age;

b. Two or more persons who are at least 62 years of age living together; or

c. One or more persons who are at least 62 years of age living with one or more live-in aides.

3. A near-elderly family, which is:

a. A family whose head, spouse, or sole member is a person who is at least 50 years of age but below the age of 62;

b. Two or more persons, who are at least 50 years of age but below the age of 62, living together; or

c. One or more persons, who are at least 50 years of age but below the age of 62, living with one or more live-in aides.

4. A disabled family, which is:

a. A family whose head, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities;

b. Two or more persons with disabilities living together; or

One or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides.

For purposes of qualifying for low-income housing, does not include a person whose disability is based solely on any drug or alcohol dependence.

5. A displaced family, which is a family in which each member, or whose sole member, has been displaced by governmental action, or whose dwelling has been extensively damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster declared or otherwise formally recognized pursuant to Federal disaster relief laws.

6. A remaining member of a tenant family.

7. A single person who is not an elderly or displaced person, a person with disabilities, or the remaining member of a tenant family.

B. Income Eligibility

1. To be eligible for admission, the family's annual income must be within the low-income limit set by HUD. This means the family income cannot exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area.

2. Income limits apply only at admission and are not applicable for continued occupancy.

3. A family may not be admitted to the public housing program from another assisted housing program (e.g., tenant-based Section 8) or from a public housing program operated by another housing authority without meeting the income requirements of the Grundy County Housing Authority.

4. If the Grundy County Housing Authority acquires a property for federal public housing purposes, the families living there must have incomes within the low-income limit in order to be eligible to remain as public housing tenants.

Income limit restrictions do not apply to families transferring within our Public Housing Program.

The Grundy County Housing Authority may allow police officers who would not otherwise be eligible for occupancy in public housing to reside in a public housing dwelling unit. Such occupancy must be needed to increase security for public housing residents. Their rent shall at least equal the cost of operating the public housing unit.

7. If there are no eligible families on the waiting list and the Grundy County Housing Authority has published a 30-day notice of available units in at least one newspaper of general circulation, families above the applicable income limit may be housed. They must vacate the unit if an eligible family applies.

C. Citizenship/Eligibility Status

To be eligible each member of the family must be a citizen, national, or a non-citizen who has eligible immigration status under one of the categories set forth in Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980 (see 42 U.S.C. 1436a (a)) or a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. However, people in the last category are not entitled to housing assistance in preference to any United States citizen or national resident within Guam.

1. Family eligibility for assistance.

a. A family shall not be eligible for assistance unless every member of the family residing in the unit is determined to have eligible status, with the exception noted below.

b. Despite the ineligibility of one or more family members, a mixed family may be eligible for one of three types of assistance (See Section 13.6 for calculating rents under the non-citizen rule).

c. A family without any eligible members and receiving assistance on June 19, 1995 may be eligible for temporary deferral of termination of assistance.

d. Social Security Number Documentation

To be eligible, all family members must provide a Social Security number.

e. Signing Consent Forms

In order to be eligible, each member of the family who is at least 18 years of age, and each family head and spouse regardless of age, shall sign one or more consent forms.

2. The consent form must contain, at a minimum, the following:

a. A provision authorizing HUD or the Grundy County Housing Authority to obtain from State Wage Information Collection Agencies (SWICAs) any information or materials necessary to complete or verify the application for participation or for eligibility for continued occupancy;

b. A provision authorizing HUD or the Grundy County Housing Authority to verify with previous or current employers income information pertinent to the family's eligibility for or level of assistance;

c. A provision authorizing HUD to request income information from the IRS and the SSA for the sole purpose of verifying income information pertinent to the family's eligibility or level of benefits; and

d. A statement that the authorization to release the information requested by the consent form expires 15 months after the date the consent form is signed.