Frequently Asked Questions

- WHAT IS PUBLIC HOUSING?

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 scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments for the elderly. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 Housing Authorities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.

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- WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING?

- HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?

- WILL I NEED TO PRODUCE ANY DOCUMENTATION?

- WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED?

- WILL I HAVE TO SIGN A LEASE?

- HOW IS RENT DETERMINED?

- HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN PUBLIC HOUSING?

- HOW DOES SECTION 8 DIFFER FROM PUBLIC HOUSING?

- WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION FOR THE TERRE HAUTE HOUSING AUTHORITY?

- WHERE IS THE CENTRAL OFFICE LOCATED?

- I RECEIVED A LETTER FOR AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

- I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEND MY INTAKE APPOINTMENT. CAN I RESCHEDULE?

- I HAVE BEEN DENIED ASSISTANCE AND WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION AS TO WHY?

- I KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS COMMITING FRAUD, OR HAVE A GENERAL COMPLAINT ABOUT ONE OF YOUR PROPERTIES. HOW CAN I REPORT THEM OR FILE A COMPLAINT?

- I AM ALREADY LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING WITH THE TERRE HAUTE HOUSING AUTHORITY, BUT I NEED TO REPORT A CHANGE OR I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY RENT STATEMENT?