Public or assisted housing was created by the Congress of the United States in 1937. Its purpose was to provide decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing to families unable to pay market rate rents. The assistance was to be temporary in nature, and structured to allow residents to move in, move up and move out. Today, there are approximately 1.5 million U.S. households residing in public housing units, managed and maintained by over 3000 local housing authorities and funded on an annual basis by the Congress. The funds are distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development who also provides technical assistance and oversees compliance by the authorities of Federal law and regulations.
The total household income determines the eligibility of families or individuals. There are programs designed to serve the elderly and handicapped who fall within the income limits. Other requirements include citizenship and/or immigration status. You may contact the Housing Management Office at Grove View Terrace, Grove Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina to learn about your eligibility. The phone number is (910) 483-6980.
If you are eligible the Housing Authority must verify all the information regarding household members and income. We will check all references including criminal history, credit and previous landlords to make certain that your admission will not be detrimental to the community or to other residents. In some instances we are required to deny admission for previous criminal and/or drug activity. We reserve the right to deny admission for prior rental history.
Public housing will be accepting applications every second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Federal law requires us to verify all information provided by the applicant. Copies of birth Certificates, financial documents, citizenship forms and other documents will be required. Names and addresses of current and previous landlords, social security numbers for each member of the household must be provided. You will be required to sign a form authorizing the release of information to the Housing Authority. All information will be verified. All information will be held in confidence and will not be sold or released to unauthorized parties. It should be noted that false information provided to gain entry or to remain in possession of assisted housing is a violation of U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001 and is punishable as provided by federal law.
The lease is a legal contract between the applicant and the Housing Authority. It defines the responsibilities of the Housing Authority and the resident. Prior to taking possession of the dwelling unit the lease must be signed by the applicant and the authority. Any violation of the lease could be cause for the cancellation of the lease and the termination of residency. The terms of the lease will be explained to you prior to moving into the unit.
The amount of rent to be paid is determined by a formula prescribed by federal law. The Housing Authority does not have the authority to deviate from that mandated formula. Generally speaking, the family will pay 10 percent of the total family income or 30 percent of the adjusted total family income, whichever is greater. There are certain exclusions from income that will be explained at the time of lease signing.
Federal law requires us to verify all information provided by applicants who seek admission to assisted housing.