Basic Eligibility Guidelines for Family Housing

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  • Eligible family structure: head of household (unrelated adults, not siblings or other relatives unless they are dependents of HOH) over the age of 18 and all of head of household’s dependent children must be under the age of 18;
  • Preference given to families that are currently homeless, with homelessness defined as living outside, in an emergency shelter, in housing that is unsafe or paying more than 50% of their income for rent;
  • For Fendall Heights only: single female veterans accepted; small veteran families (2 bedrooms) also accepted;
  • For Griffin House only: single adults accepted – must be able to pay at least $500/month in rent; families must be able to pay at least $600/month in rent;
  • For Weinberg House only: families must be willing to participate in a two- year transitional housing program.
  • Family must be eligible for Section 8 housing assistance, and preferably on the DCHA public housing waiting lists – Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP), Housing Assistance Program (HAP)/Section 8, public housing waiting list;
  • Household (all members) must have at least 6 months verified clean and sober time (if applicable)
  • Families must be employed full or part time; if not employed, must be actively engaged in a job training program or enrolled and attending school;
  • Family must be earning no more than 30% of Area Median Income for all programs;
  • Family must have $600.00 for security deposit; must be willing to participate in mandatory budgeting/savings activities;
  • Parent(s) must be willing to live in a drug and alcohol free community;
  • Parent must be willing to participate in a program with mandatory community meetings and case management for themselves and their school aged children.

As of October 2017.

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