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Eligibility - Public Housing

Households must earn 80 percent of the area median income or less to be eligible for the Low-Income Public Housing program.

Area median income is the midpoint income for the Miami-Dade County area. It is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and means that half of the people earn more than the median, and half of the people earn less.

HUD 2023 Income Limits:
Miami-Dade County, FL HMFA MFI: $74,700  

Extremely Low-Income Limit - 30% of Median    
1 Person - $21,700
2 Person - $24,800
3 Person - $27,900
4 Person - $30,950
5 Person - $35,140
6 Person - $40,280
7 Person - $45,420
8 Person - $50,560

Very Low-Income Limit - 50% of Median    
1 Person - $36,150
2 Person - $41,300
3 Person - $46,450
4 Person - $51,600
5 Person - $55,750
6 Person - $59,900
7 Person - $64,000
8 Person - $68,150

Low Income Limit - 80% of Median
1 Person - $57,800
2 Person - $66,050
3 Person - $74,300
4 Person - $82,550
5 Person - $89,200
6 Person - $95,800
7 Person - $102,400
8 Person - $109,000

A household's assets-money, property, and other goods having value-are considered when calculating income. The actual value of your assets is not included, but income created from your assets is. If you have money in a savings account, for example, that money will not be added to your income. However, if you earn interest from the money in your account, the interest will be considered part of your annual income. The HHA will take into consideration the highest of either the total current value or the imputed value of the asset If, the total value equals or exceed $5,000.

Qualifying as a Family
The Low-Income Public Housing program defines "family" as an individual or a group of individuals who share a residence, have income and resources available to meet family needs, and have demonstrated a stable family relationship. This includes married and unmarried partners, same-sex couples, related and unrelated individuals, and single individuals.

General Suitability
The Hialeah Housing Authority is responsible for maintaining stable and safe living environments for its residents. For this reason, applicants are screened in the same way most private property managers would screen. To be considered suitable, you must show you are able to pay rent when due, take care of an apartment, and live peacefully with neighbors.

Resident History
Hialeah Housing Authority relies heavily on good landlord references to determine an applicant's suitability for the Low-Income Public Housing program. Recent, positive rental history is the best way to tell if an applicant will be able to meet the obligations of being a tenant. In addition to stable resident history, employment, and other factors are considered when determining suitability.

Criminal History
Hialeah Housing Authority screens all applicants' criminal history. If it shows that they may not be a suitable resident, their application may be denied. Applicants are automatically denied for certain crimes, including but not limited to:

  • Eviction from public housing for illegal drug activity within 3 years
  • Current use of illegal drugs
  • Methamphetamine production in public housing or elsewhere
  • Sex offenses requiring sex offender registration
  • A record indicating a pattern of alcohol abuse
  • Misdemeanor or drug crimes
  • Felony drug crimes

Immigration status
You don't need to be a United States citizen to apply for housing, but you do need to be a citizen or have eligible immigration status to receive housing. Your eligibility will be verified at the time of admission. You could be denied all or part of your assistance if you do not have acceptable citizenship or immigration status at that time.

Debt owed to Hialeah Housing Authority or Another Housing Authority
Hialeah Housing Authority will deny the applications of households who owe money to the agency or another housing authority until the debt is repaid in full.

Previous Termination from the Program
Hialeah Housing Authority will deny applications if any member of the household has been terminated from the Housing Choice Voucher Program in the past five years.

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