Public Housing

What is Public Housing?

Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for low-income to moderate-income families, elderly persons and persons with disabilities. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers federal aid to local housing agencies to manage the housing for residents at affordable rents.

How Do I Apply?

Simply visit the Management office for the development (whose wait list is open) and request an application or visit the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) and request an application for Public Housing.

Do I Qualify for Public Housing?

  • Is your income level within the “Income Guidelines”? (see chart)
  • Do you have a history free of drug use/or abuse and free of alcohol abuse?
  • Have you been a previous resident of SLHA or another housing authority and do not have an outstanding balance with that program?

Congratulations! If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may qualify for Public Housing.

Public Housing Income Guidelines

Household Size

Income Limits

1 $43,050
2 $49,200
3 $55,350
4 $61,450
5 $66,400
6 $71,300
7 $76,200
8 $81,150

HCV/Section 8

How do I know when the HCV/Section 8 Wait List is open?

St. Lousing Authority will disclose this information over the phone. We also post the information as a Public Notice at our Central Office and place advertisements in the public notice section of the local newspapers.

What information will I need to provide on the HCV/Section 8 application?

You will need to provide information on family composition, household income, social security numbers, and dates of birth for all members of the household.

What happens when my name comes to the top of the wait list?

You will be sent an appointment letter by mail to attend an eligibility session. Your income will be calculated to ensure that you are eligible to receive assistance.

When will I be issued the Voucher?

It will take approximately 12-18 months from the time of application to be issued a voucher.

How much time do I have to find a unit?

Each client is given 60 days initially to locate housing. If your housing search is unsuccessful you will need to request a 30-day extension.

How much of my rent will HCV/Section 8 pay?

Eligible families pay up to 40% of their adjusted income toward their rent. Section 8 pays the remainder directly to the owner. The family is responsible for the security deposit.

As an owner how can I participate in the Section 8 Program?

Contact the St. Louis Housing Authority at 314.286.4378 to register and attend a HCV owner orientation briefing to understand all the rules and guidelines for owner participation.

Who is responsible for screening the client?

The owner/agent is responsible for screening the families based on their tenancy histories to determine if the applicant will be good renters.

How do I list my rental property?

GoSection8.com offers free and premium listing options to Section 8 owners and agents. There is no limit to the number of properties you can list; however, all free listings require reactivation every 30 days. To list a property, go to GoSection8.com or call toll free at 1-866-466-7328.

How is the rent set and determined for each unit?

The St. Louis Housing Authority is responsible for ensuring that rents charged by owners are reasonable based upon objective comparable rents in the private unassisted market. The SLHA certifies for each unit which it approves, a lease that the contract rent for such unit is: reasonable in relation to rent currently being charged in the private market, taking into account the location, size, type, quality, amenities, facilities, management and maintenance service of such unit; and the proposed rent is not in excess of rents currently being charged by the owner for comparable unassisted units and assisted units.

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