PH Preferences

St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) has established a preference system for admission to its Public Housing program. SLHA uses the following local preference system:

Employed, Elderly or Disabled Preference

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the family meets the definitions below. SLHA will only apply the preference points once to each family if the applicant family meets more than one definition under this preference.

  • Employed

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the head of household or spouse, life partner of the applicant family is employed. For the purpose of this preference, an applicant is
considered employed if they work at least 20 hours per week.

  • Elderly

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the head of household, spouse or life partner of the applicant family is 62 years old or older.

  • Disabled

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the head of household, spouse, life partner or sole member is a person with disabilities; or two or more adult persons with disabilities living together; or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides. A person who is under a disability, as defined in Section 233 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 423), or who has a developmental disability as defined in Section 102(7) of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 6001 (7)). People who are diagnosed with alcoholism or drug abuse are not part of the definition of disabled. SLHA does recognize an applicant, family, or spouse, life partner with HIV as a disabled person.

  • Veteran

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the head of household, spouse or life partner of the applicant is a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and
who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.

  • Homeless

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the head of household, spouse or life partner of the applicant presents evidence to SLHA that the family is homeless by meeting one
of the following definitions:

An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence meaning: Revised June 22, 2017 6-3 Resolution No. 2840

An individual or family living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state or local government programs for low-income individuals)

An individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution

A primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport or camping ground

Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition, but who

Have experienced a long term period, more than 60 days, without living independently in permanent housing; and

Have experienced persistent instability as measured by frequent moves, more than two moves in 60 days, over such period; and

Can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time because of chronic disabilities, chronic physical health or mental health conditions, substance addiction, histories of domestic violence or childhood abuse, the presence of a child or youth with a disability or multiple barriers to employment

Enrolled In or Recently Graduated from a Job Training or Educational Program Preference

An applicant qualifies for this preference if the head of household or spouse, life partner of the applicant family is currently enrolled in or within the last 12 months has graduated from a job training or educational program.

SLHA defines a job training program as a learning process with goals and objectives, generally having a variety of components, and taking place in a series of sessions over a period of time. It
is designed to lead to a higher level of proficiency and it enhances the individual’s ability to obtain employment.

SLHA defines an educational program as a GED program or an institution of higher learning. To qualify, the applicant must be regularly attending a GED program and making progress toward
attainment of a GED or they must be taking at least six credit hours at an institution of higher learning.

An applicant remains qualified for the preference if the applicant completed the job training program, obtained a GED or graduated from the institution of higher learning within the past 12 months.