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Deconcentration/Income Targeting

  • Skipping families on the waiting list based on income;

  • Establishing preferences for working families;

  • Establish preferences for families in job training programs;

  • Establish preferences for families in education or training programs;

  • Marketing campaign geared towards targeting income groups for specific


  • Additional supportive services;

  • Additional amenities for all units;

  • Ceiling rents; (mandatory)

  • Flat rents for selected developments;

  • Different tenant rent percentages per development;

  • Different tenant rent percentages per bedroom size;

  • Saturday and evening office hours;

  • Security Deposit waivers;

  • Revised transfer policies;

  • Site-based waiting lists;

  • Mass Media; and

  • Giveaways.

Income Targeting

As public housing dwelling units become available for occupancy, responsible PHA employees will offer units to applicants on the waiting list. In accordance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, the PHA encourages occupancy of its developments by a broad range of families with incomes up to eighty percent (80%) of the median income for the jurisdiction in which the PHA operates. At a minimum, 40% of all new admissions to public housing on an annual basis will be families with incomes at or below thirty percent (30%) (extremely low-income) of the area median income. The offer of assistance will be made without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or familial status.

The PHA may employ a system of income ranges in order to maintain a public housing resident body composed of families with a range of incomes and rent paying abilities representative of the range of incomes among low-income families in the PHA’s area of operation, and will take into account the average rent that should be received to maintain financial solvency. The selection procedures are designed so that selection of new public housing residents will bring the actual distribution of rents closer to the projected distribution of rents.



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