Applying for public housing takes some time and requires certain documents.

Who is eligible?

Public housing is available only to low-income families and individuals. RRHA determines your eligibility based on four factors:

  1. Annual gross income
  2. Whether you qualify as an elderly, a person with a disability or as a family
  3. U.S. citizenship/immigration status
  4. Your references, verified to ensure you and your family will be good tenants

The authority will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the public housing community’s environment.

Families and Individuals

  1. Apply for Public Housing
  2. View Public Housing Waitlist 


  1. Apply for Senior Housing
    View Senior Waitlist

The Application Process

The Authority will collect the following information to determine eligibility:

  1. Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, and relationship to the family head.
  2. Your present address and telephone number.
  3. Family characteristics (e.g. veteran) or circumstances (e.g. living in substandard housing) that might qualify the family for tenant selection preferences.
  4. Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family’s suitability as a tenant.
  5. An estimate of your family’s anticipated income for the next 12 months and the sources of that income.
  6. The names and addresses of employers, banks and any other information the Authority will need to verify your income and deductions, and to verify the family composition.
  7. The Authority may also visit you in your home to interview you and your family members to see how you manage the upkeep of your current home.
  8. After obtaining this information, the Authority representative will describe the public housing program and its requirements, and answer any questions you might have.

About Income Limits

RRHA monitor our admissions to ensure that at least 40% of families admitted to public housing each fiscal year have incomes that do not exceed 30% of the area median income of RRHA’s jurisdiction. Families whose income does not exceed 30% of area median income are referred to as “extremely low income families.”

We use income limits developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low income limits at 50% of the median income for the metropolitan area in which you choose to live. The authority can provide you with the income levels for the city of Richmond and family size.

See HUD income limits.

Note: Current and former residents of Assisted-Rental Housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program Participants who owe a balance will not be processed until the balance is paid in full. In addition, you must meet the eligibility criteria for our program.

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