WHAT IS PUBLIC HOUSING?
Public Housing is decent, safe, affordable housing for eligible individuals, families, elderly and persons with disabilities.
The Housing Department manages 174 apartments, in four (4) developments, for qualified applicants available for rent. The units vary in size from one (1) to four (4) bedrooms. We also have units to accommodate tenants with disabilities.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING?
You must be a low-income family or individual as determined by the Income Limits set by HUD for Cabarrus County. Your eligibility will be based on:
- Annual gross income of household;
- Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family;
- U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.
If you are eligible, the Housing Department will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. A credit check will be done on all adult persons who will reside in Public Housing. A criminal background check will be done on all persons over the age of sixteen (16) who will reside in Public Housing. We will 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.
HOW MUCH RENT WILL I HAVE TO PAY?
Your rent or Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is based on your family's anticipated gross annual income which includes income from employment, unemployment, SSA Benefits, VA benefits, child support, TANF/AFDC, pensions, military pay, or from owning your own business. Annual income is the anticipated total income received from the family head of household and his/her spouse, and each additional member of the family eighteen (18) years of age or older.
HUD regulations allow HAs to exclude from annual income the following allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for any elderly family, or a person with a disability; and some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities.
Prior to leasing an apartment, your household income will be reviewed and your rent will be calculated based on current verified information.
The Housing Department currently has a minimum rent of $50.00. You will have to pay your first month’s rent or a prorated rent when you sign your lease.
WILL I HAVE TO PAY A SECURITY DEPOSIT?
A Security Deposit of $250 will be required when you sign your lease.
ARE UTILITIES INCLUDED IN MY RENT?
The Housing Department supplies utilities for units in three (3) developments: Mary Chapman Homes, Logan Homes, and Wilkerson Homes. A "Utility Allowance" schedule determines the amount of utilities that are allowed for each unit. Tenants who exceed their usage allowance will be billed for the amount that exceeds their allowance.
In the Larkhaven Community development, residents are responsible for establishing utility service at move-in. Residents will pay their own utility bills if their Total Tenant Payment exceeds the utility allowance for their unit. Residents whose allowance is greater than their Total Tenant Payment will have a Utility Reimbursement paid to the supplier each month.
WILL I HAVE TO SIGN A LEASE?
If you accept an offer for an apartment, you will have to sign a lease with the Housing Department. You and the HA representative should go over the lease together. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and the HA's responsibilities as a landlord.