Public Housing Program

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 various sizes and types of housing, including single family houses, duplexes, and multi-unit apartment buildings. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal funds to local housing agencies, including Pickaway MHA. In turn, these agencies manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford.

Who is eligible?

Public Housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. A chart showing current income guidelines is available on the Applications page of this website. Income limits vary from area to area so applicants may be eligible at one Housing Authority but not at another.

Depending on the type of housing assistance available, eligibility requirements will vary but can include the following:

  • Annual Gross Income
  • Elderly Household Status
  • Disability Status
  • Familial Status
  • U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Immigration Status

The Pickaway MHA will deny admission to any applicant when the prior landlord and law enforcement screening reveals a history of behavior that could have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.

Signing a Lease

When offered the opportunity to reside in a rental property managed by PMHA, you will be required to sign a lease with the Housing Authority. This lease will give you a firm understanding of your responsibilities as a resident and the responsibilities of PMHA as your landlord. In general, you may remain in Public Housing as long as you comply with the lease and program requirements.

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Report A Change, Jill Roush - Public Housing Manager and Natalie Steed - Public Housing Specialist