Frequently Asked Questions:
WHAT IS PUBLIC HOUSING?
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The Housing Authority determines your eligibility based on:
• Annual gross income
• Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family
• U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status
• Criminal History- HABG will reject applicant who has or receives a felony or misdemeanor conviction involving domestic abuse, or an offense related to theft, abuse or sale of illegal drugs; abuse neglect or exploitation of an adult or child, or a sexual crime.
• Rental History Based on our screening process.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO APPLY FOR HOUSING?
You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for public housing. For Fort Webb Manor under PRAC 202, you must be at lease 62 years of age to apply.
HOW DO I APPLY?
If you are interested in applying for public housing, contact the Housing Authority of Bowling Green at (270)467-7120 or stop by the main office at 247 Double Springs Rd, to pick up an application. For your convenience, you may download and print the application, complete it and call HABG’s office to schedule an appointment to turn it in.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
1) Application – Applicant must completed an application with all documents required.
2) Interview and verification process – The HABG will verify all applicable information according to policy. Once all paperwork has been verified, and if the applicant is found eligible, the status will change from pending to eligible.
3) Waiting List – The family is placed on the waiting list according to type and size of unit needed, and date and time the application was received.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO OBTAIN HOUSING?
The time frame varies depending on the number of vacancies and how many people are applying for housing. The waiting list also varies depending on which bedroom size for which you are qualified.
WHAT IF I OWE MONEY TO A FORMER LANDLORD OR HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY, CAN I STILL BE HOUSED?
Every applicant is subject to our screening process that includes, but is not limited to a criminal background check and former tenancy history. Applicants that owe a housing authority or any other federally subsidized program funds will not be processed for occupancy. The applicant must pay the funds owed prior to the application being processed. After the application is processed, the applicant must meet all other conditions for occupancy. Repayment of funds that are due, does not necessarily qualify an applicant for occupancy.
WHAT IF I NEED EMERGENCY HOUSING?
We do not have or provide emergency assistance.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUBLIC HOUSING AND THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (SECTION 8)?
Public Housing is owned by the Housing Authority and manages the property it leases. The family has a lease agreement with the Housing Authority. The Section 8 is housing that is owned and managed by private landlords. The Section 8 assistance portion of the rent directly to the landlord and the tenant pays the balance of the rent to the landlord.
HOW IS RENT DETERMINED
Your rent is determined by a HUD calculation using a combination of your income minus allowable deductions; the resident pays 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent.
WHEN IS MY RENT DUE?
Rent is due on the first day of each month. If rent is not received on or before the first business day after the tenth day of the month, you will be issued a 14 day notice and a late fee added to your account.
CAN I PAY WITH CASH?
We DO NOT accept cash. Rent must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. In the event that your personal check is returned from our bank for non-sufficient funds, you must pay by Cashier’s Check or Money Order within 10 days of notification. The total due at the time will include your rent amount plus $30.00 ($20.00 late fee and $10.00 non-sufficient funds fee).
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO WHEN MOVE OUT?
If you are moving out, you must complete a written notice of Intent to Vacate thirty (30) days prior to your moving date.