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What is low-income housing?

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Low-income housing provides low-income families with safe, affordable housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development states that families paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing may be eligible for assistance.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for low-income housing. This kind of housing includes public housing, subsidized housing and housing paid for through voucher programs. For instance, the HUD Section 8 program is a voucher program that pays all or part of the rent for low-income families.

Federally funded public housing is available to low-income families and individuals that meet the eligibility criteria determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Public housing is widely available and rent costs are based on the income of the participants.

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    How do you apply for low-income housing?

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    To apply for low-income housing, submit a written application that contains information like the applicant's personal information, family characteristics or circumstance, anticipated household income for the next 12 months, along with the source of the income and banking information for verification, to a local housing agency, or HA, or to a local United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, field office. Eligibility for low-income housing is dependent on whether the applicant's household income falls below the income limit set for the state that he or she resides in. The HUD considers an applicant to fall into the category of having a lower income if the household income is 80 percent of the median income, and into the category of very low income if the household income is only 50 percent of the median income.

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    How do you apply for Section 8 housing in Texas?

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    To apply for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in Texas, contact the housing authority that covers your area, and submit an application. There are over 400 public housing agencies throughout the state that are responsible for administering and processing Section 8 Housing applications.

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    What kind of housing assistance is offered to veterans?

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    Veterans can benefit from a number of housing assistances including construction of new homes, renovation of houses, rent payment and assistance in finding a new home. These housing services are offered to veterans who may be having financial difficulties or those who are unable to make a living due to certain conditions such as blindness, as stated by Veterans Affairs.

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    Where can you get information about affordable senior housing?

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    Information on affordable senior housing is available through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at hud.gov. Programs and financial assistance for seniors range from reverse mortgages to assistance in finding affordable rentals, according to hud.gov.

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