Q & A Public Housing

Public Housing Applicants

What is public housing?

Public housing is housing that is built, operated, and owned by a government agency, and provides units at lower-than-market rate rents to qualified low-income individuals and families. In Fresno County, public housing units are owned and managed by the Fresno Housing Authority (Fresno Housing).

Who lives in public housing?

Low-income families and individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements live in public housing. Eligibility is based on: annual gross income; status as a family, a senior, or as a person with a disability; U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status; and financial sustainability. Fresno Housing Authority checks references to confirm that an applicant will be a good tenant; this includes criminal background checks. Applications will be denied if an applicant’s habits and practices will have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the housing complex’s environment.

What are the income limits for public housing?

Income limits are subject to change without notice.

Income Limits Effective March 28, 2016

Family Size

Extremely Low Income (30%) Limits

Very Low Income
(50%) Limits

Low Income (80%) Limits

1

12,400

20,650

33,000

2

16,020

23,600

37,700

3

20,160

26,550

42,400

4

24,300

29,450

47,100

5

28,440

31,850

50,900

6

32,580

34,200

54,650

7

36,550

36,550

58,450

8

38,900

38,900

62,200

9

41,250

41,250

65,950

10

43,600

43,600

69,700

11

45,950

45,950

73,500

12

48,300

48,300

77,250

13

50,700

50,700

81,000

14

53,050

53,050

84,800

How does the application process work?

Applicants are placed on the “pre-application wait list” by submitting an online application and are then contacted by Housing Authority staff for pre-screening interviews as vacancies occur in the appropriate or designated bedroom size unit based on family composition. Applicants may designate a geographic preference, and will be offered the first available unit that meets specified preferences

Does an applicant need to provide any documentation?

Yes. Fresno Housing Authority will request documentation needed to verify the information provided on an application (birth certificates, tax returns, etc.) and might also contact an applicant’s employer. Applicants will be asked to sign a form authorizing release of pertinent information to the Fresno Housing Authority.

What needs to happen before occupying a unit?

If an apartment is offered and accepted, the applicant must sign a lease with the Fresno Housing Authority and provide a security deposit plus first month’s rent.