Who can apply for housing?

Families who earn less than 80% of the median income limit established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Do you have to have children to qualify?

No, you do not have to have children to qualify, however you must earn less than 80% of the median income limit established by (HUD).

Do you have to have income to qualify?

No, but a preference is given to families whose head of household, spouse or sole member is employed.

How much rent will I have to pay?

Rent is based on 30% of a family’s annual adjusted gross income and family composition; therefore, rents will vary by family.

Can I choose where I’ll live?

During the application process, applicants can choose to be placed on site specific waiting lists.

Why do you conduct the credit and police background checks?

The Albany Housing Authority wants to lease to families who will take care of their apartments and neighborhoods. Our selection criteria includes evaluating previous rental history and previous criminal records concerning violent and drug related criminal activity.

Once I lease an apartment, can I transfer to another apartment?

Transfers may be made for the following reasons:

1. To move a tenant to the appropriate apartment size from an inappropriate size,

2. To relocate a tenant from an apartment which is determined unsafe;

3. To temporarily or permanently relocate a tenant who’s apartment is being modernized;

4. To locate a tenant from a standard apartment to a handicapped accessible apartment when needed; and

5. To relocate a tenant to a different neighborhood when the Authority determines that the move is in the best interest of the tenant and the Authority.

Such moves will not be made solely because neighbors cannot get along.

What is the difference between Public Housing and Section 8?

Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments for elderly families and are owned and operated by a governing authority.

Section 8 is a rental assistance program that offers vouchers that are used to subsidize rent in privately owned units.

How long is the wait time?

The wait time can be from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the circumstances.