DECONCENTRATION AND INCOME TARGETING POLICY (of the Public Housing Admissions and Occupancy Policy)
Sub-Title A, Section 513 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA), establishes two interrelated requirements for implementation by Public Housing Authorities: (1) Economic Deconcentration of public housing developments and Income Targeting to assure that families in the “extremely low” income category are proportionately represented in public housing and that pockets of poverty are reduced or eliminated. Under the deconcentration requirement, PHAs are to implement a program which provides that families with lowest incomes will be offered units in housing developments where family incomes are the highest and high-income families will be offered units in developments where family incomes are the lowest. In order to implement these new requirements the PHA must promote these provisions as policies and revise their Admission and Occupancy policies and procedures to comply.
Therefore, the South Delta Housing Authority (PHA) hereby affirms its commitment to implementation of the two requirements by adopting the following policies:
Admission and Occupancy policies are revised to include the PHA’s policy of promoting economic deconcentration of its housing developments by offering low-
income families, selected in accordance with applicable preferences and priorities, units in developments where family incomes are highest. Conversely, families with higher incomes will be offered units in developments with the lowest average family incomes.
Implementation of this program will require our agency to: (1) determine and compare the relative tenant incomes of each development and the incomes of census tracts in which the developments are located, and (2) consider what policies, measures or incentives are necessary to bring high-income families into low-income developments (or into developments in low-income census tracts) and low-income families into high- income developments (or into developments in high-income census tracts).
In addition, an assessment of the average family income for each development is necessary. Families will be provided with an explanation of the policy during the application/screening process and/or the occupancy orientation sessions with opportunities to discuss the options available to the families. Families will be informed that should they choose not to accept the first unit offered under this system their refusal will not be cause to drop their name to the bottom of the waiting list.
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Implementation may include the following efforts: