What You Need to Know


Who is Eligible?

The Public Housing Program is limited to qualified families and individuals. Eligibility is based on:

  1. annual adjusted income of all members of the household over the age of 18;
  2. whether you qualify as elderly, disabled, or as a family;
  3. US citizenship or eligible immigration status.

All Housing Authorities use income limits developed by HUD. Income limits vary by location. So you may be eligible at one Housing Authority, but not at another. Income Limits are listed on HUD’s Website or Contact Our Main Office.

Are There Any Selection Preferences?

Since the demand for limited housing assistance resources often exceeds the limited resources available to HUD and the local Housing Authorities, long waiting periods are common. In fact, any Housing Authority may choose to close its waiting list when there are more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future. However, CCHA does not utilize preference points to establish priority placement. Applicant’s position on the the waiting list is determined solely by the date and time at which the each application is received.

How The Application Process Works?

The applicant must accurately complete an application online.

By submitting your application for housing assistance you are giving your consent for CCHA to obtain all criminal history records for all household members (18 years of age and older) necessary to determine your eligibility for housing assistance programs administered by the Housing Authority.

When housing assistance is available, the following information is collected to determine eligibility:

  • Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their gender, date of birth, and relationship to the head of the family;
  • Your present address, telephone number, and email address;
  • Family characteristics or circumstances (e.g. veteran, displaced, working);
  • Your family’s current income and the sources of that income;
  • The names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information CCHA would need to verify your income and deductions, and to verify the family composition.

After obtaining this information, CCHA will verify the information and perform a nationwide criminal background check on all family members 18 and older.

The tenant (head of household) or co-tenants must meet the eligibility requirements. Eligible applicants properly verified will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants may select to be placed on one or more housing development list. Applicants are placed on waiting lists according to date and time of the completed application. Completing an application does not guarantee being placed on the waiting list.

Will I Need to Produce Any Documentation?

Yes. CCHA will request specific documentation (e.g. birth certificates, social security cards, photo id’s) to verify the information given on your application. CCHA will also rely on direct verification from your employer, banking institutions, and government agencies. You will be required to sign a form to authorize release of pertinent information to CCHA.

Wait List

Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that an applicant is eligible for housing assistance. Final eligibility will be made when the family is selected from the wait list.

CCHA does not give applicants their “number or rank” on the waiting list. This number changes daily due to new applicants and changes in preferences for existing applicants. All applicants will be notified in writing when they are required to attend an interview for housing assistance.

Applicants who are already on the waiting list MUST keep their household information up-to-date by notifying CCHA of any changes from the original application (family members, address, income, etc.) within 14 days of the change. These changes could affect applicant’s status on the waiting list. All changes must be in writing. Changes to household information will be accepted via email to pattyaccha@grics.net. Applicants must include the full name and social security number of the listed head of household.

Please do not call to check on the status of your application. Application processing will take approximately 4-6 weeks. Applicant status can be viewed on our wait list.

When Will I Be Notified?

When housing assistance is available you will be contacted by mail. You and all household members 18 and older will be required to attend an interview. If after your interview it is determined that you are ineligible, notice will be sent by mail stating the reason(s). If you are determined ineligible, you can request an informal review.