Yet, these "rules" don’t tell the whole story. A family making $200,000 per year can afford to spend 30 percent of its income on housing and have enough left over to meet other necessities, but a family making $20,000 might not be able to make ends meet on the income left over after spending 30 percent for housing. A family’s capacity to meet other expenses depends on other factors such as family size and age of children.
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Gates of Ballston, Arlington VA -- photo courtesy of AHC Inc.
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|Because there are many more eligible families than resources available to serve them, two other factors come into play in selecting families for admission to federally subsidized housing. The first is "income targeting" – a rule that directs a certain percentage of new admissions to families with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. This rule is intended to ensure that families with the most severe housing needs are prioritized for scarce rental subsidies. |
The second factor is local admissions criteria which allows public housing agencies and private owners of assisted housing to admit families based on other criteria (e.g., priority to homeless families, the elderly, or selection by lottery). Click here to leave this site and access a chart providing more detailed