Senior/Disabled Public Housing

Communities for the elderly

Jackson Tower, Lick Tower and Morrison Tower have been approved by HUD as elderly-only. 

When offering units in mixed population developments, HHA will first offer units with accessible features to elderly persons with disabilities who require the accessibility features of the unit.

 When selecting applicants for admission from among elderly families , HHA will follow its policies and procedures for applying local preferences.

Preferences for Non-Elderly Families

Near-Elderly

Means those aged 55-61

They will not be admitted to a development for elderly if there are eligible elderly families on HHA’s Ready Pool, selected list or waiting list that would be willing to accept an offer of a suitable vacant unit in a designated elderly community.

They will get preference for admission to developments for the elderly if there are not enough elderly families to fill all of the units that are currently vacant or expected to become vacant within the next 12 months  

  • HHA will follow its policies and procedures for applying the preferences when it selects applicants for admission from the near elderly families.

Children in Elderly Communities

HHA will not exclude families with children form communities for the elderly, provided such communities have dwelling units of the appropriate sizes for such families.

Units designed for the Handicapped or Disabled

HHA will make every reasonable effort to provide dwelling units which are specially designed for the handicapped or disabled families with physically handicapped members who require such units.

  • as long as they aren’t making vacancies

If a family member is disabled but not head of household

HHA may provide a dwelling unit designed for the handicapped or disabled to a family which has a mobility impaired person, even if that person is not head of the household.

What if there are not enough handicapped or disabled applicants to fill the units designated for such persons?

The units may be offered to non-handicapped or non-disabled applicants.

However when another unit becomes available to a non-handicapped or non-disabled family in these units they will be required to move if the handicap accessible unit is needed for a family with a household member with a disability.

The lease agreement will contain the special moving requirement.

Handicap/ disabled preference over transfers

If there is a disabled applicant or resident needing a unit with special features, that person will be offered the unit prior to transferring a family / individual that is over or under housed.

Special rules for designated housing

HHA will give priority for occupancy of the designated housing development units to designated families if:

There are an insufficient number of elderly families to fully occupy the units in the designated development; HHA may make units available to near elderly families.

There are insufficient numbers of elderly and near elderly families to fully occupy the units in the designated development HHA shall make available any such dwelling unit to disabled families aged 50 an over as long as the composition and size of the family meets HHA’s occupancy standards.

  • Any elderly, near elderly or disabled family that chooses not to occupy or accept occupancy in a designated development:
    • There will be no adverse affect on

¨      The family’s admission to or continued occupancy in public housing or

¨      The families position on or placement on a public housing waiting list.

  •  For more information look to the:
    • Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy