Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. A housing authority determines your eligibility based on:
1) annual gross income
2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family
3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status
If you are eligible, the housing authority will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. Housing authorities 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.
Housing authorities use income limits developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD sets the lower income limits at 60% and very low income limits at 40% 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 another. The housing authority serving your community can provide you with the income levels for your area and family size.
Your rent is based upon your income. There are income reductions for the elderly and for the disabled. Senior and disabled tenants are also able to reduce their income with regular medical expenses. These are expenses that are an ongoing monthly expenditure. Families receive reductions for dependents and for child care expenses. Due to these reductions, rent rates vary.
Our facility consists of the following units:
Senior/Disabled: 100 units (90 1-bedroom, 10 2-bedroom)
Family: 50 units (6 1-bedroom, 28 2-bedroom, 14 3-bedroom, 2 4-bedroom)
There is an application process that prospective tenants must complete. This consists of an application, permission to run a criminal background (this is necessary for any household member above the age of 18), and an authorization for us to verify the information provided on the application.
Upon gathering all the information, the application and any attachments are reviewed by the Executive Director. If approval is granted, the tenant's name is placed on the waiting list for the appropriate size unit. When a unit is available, Clinton Housing Authority will contact the next person on the list to see if they are still interested in housing.
There is a lease that is signed, along with various other documents. There is a required annual review of income and allowable deductions to accurately calculate rent and subsidy amounts.
We do require a security deposit. At least one-third of this deposit must be paid at the time of move-in. The balance can be paid during the following two months. Required security deposits are as follows:
Additional Expenses and Services
We have a staff of maintenance workers that are available for repairs that are needed in the units and on our grounds.
We provide the trash service. The tenant is responsible for all utilities at their unit. (There is an allowance for utilities in the rent calculation) The following are the utility providers in our area:
Henry County Water: $150.00 deposit
313 S. Washington
Clinton, MO 64735
Aquila: Deposit Varies
Empire Direct: Deposit Varies
Pets are allowed in Public Housing. We have a pet policy that is specific as to the size of a cat or dog that is allowed. Shot records must be provided and the pet is to be spayed or neutered. The required pet deposit is $150.00 for one cat or one dog. We do allow fish and birds without the additional deposit.
These are just the basics of our program. Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM.