|Overview of Programs
Public Housing Program
Under this program, a family’s rent is subsidized based on their month adjusted income level. Participants in this program pay 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income toward rent. The rental units in this program are owned and operated by the City of Chandler for the benefit of HUD. Chandler operates and manages more than 150 family apartments at four locations, 37 elderly designated apartments at one location and more than 100 scattered site single-family homes.
The Housing and Redevelopment Division owns 303 dwelling units in the City of Chandler that are rented to low-income families and seniors. These units range from single-family dwellings to single story apartment complexes and are scattered throughout the city. Participants in this program pay 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income toward rent. Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals.
To be eligible for the public housing program, the applicant family must:
- Qualify as a family as defined by HUD and the Housing and Redevelopment Division;
- Have income at or below HUD-specified income limits;
- Qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members;
- Provide social security number information for household members as required; and
- Consent to the Housing and Redevelopment's collection and use of family information.
The Housing and Redevelopment Division also must determine that the current or past behavior of household members does not include activities that are prohibited.
If you are eligible, the Housing and Redevelopment Division will check your references
to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. The City of Chandler Housing Division
will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected
to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment.
The City's Housing and Redevelopment Division uses income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80 percent and very low-income limits at 50 percent of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you choose to live. Income limits vary from area to area so you may be eligible at one Housing Authority but not at another.
Section 8 Program
The Section 8 program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Section 8 vouchers are administered locally by the City. The Housing and Redevelopment Division receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Section 8 program.
A family that is issued a Section 8 voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Housing and Redevelopment Division on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
What is Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)?
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a voluntary program designed to assist current Public Housing and Section 8 participants in achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency through education and job training.
This program motivates and helps participants:
Who can participate?
You may participate if you are:
- Identify their career goals
- Identify the barriers that could prevent achievement of their goals
- Identify resources and services necessary for participants' success
- Develop an Individual Training & Service plan to achieve specific goals and objectives necessary for self-sufficiency and economic independence
- Obtain support services related to their plan
- Receive case management services, encouragement and moral support
Public Housing Youth Program
The Chandler Public Housing Youth Program offers a variety of activities to children and teens, ages 6 -18, who reside in the 4 family Public Housing sites: 130 N. Hamilton, 210 N. McQueen, 73 S. Hamilton, and 660 S. Palm. Activities include an on-site after school program offering homework assistance, arts & crafts, indoor & outdoor recreation, and fun & rewarding incentive programs; a school-break program offering group activities like games, swimming, field trips, and special programming for teens; and involvement in community sports & special events. The program is free to all age-eligible residents.
- a current Section 8 participants living in Chandler, or
- a current Public Housing resident living in Chandler;
- 18 years of age or older;
- motivated to change your current life circumstances;
- interested in obtaining more education and job training;
- determined to free yourself from having to depend on public assistance.