Public Housing is one of several Federal Rental Assistance Programs established and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. HUD administers Federal aid to housing agencies to manage public housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford.
Eligibility criteria for resident selection includes, but is not limited to income, assets, rental and criminal history.
Rent is based on 30% of a residents adjusted gross income and includes the following utilities: water, sewer, trash, electric, hot water and heat.
Reading Housing Authority (RHA) owns and manages over 1,600 rental units, consisting of two multi-family developments, one elderly/disabled development and five elderly/disabled high-rise apartment buildings located throughout the City of Reading.
More information on the Public Housing Program is available at HUD’s website www.hud.gov/renting/phprog.cfm.