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Housing Authority of South Bend FAQs (frequently-asked questions)



Category: Main -> Public Housing
sub-categories:
   Housekeeping and Decorating Questions
   Lease Violation Questions
   Income and Rent Questions



Question
·  What is Public Housing?
·  What public housing units does the HASB operate?
·  What determines eligibility?
·  How would I apply?
·  What type of documentation do I need to apply to the PH Waiting list?
·  If I am selected from the waiting list, will I need more documentation?  
·  Can I be turned down o­nce I have applied to the waiting list for PH?
·  Can I have a pet?

Answer
·  What is Public Housing?

One form of housing assistance provided by the Housing Authority of South Bend (HASB) is the Public Housing Program. Under this program, HASB owns and operates apartments and town homes for the purposes of providing affordable housing to low and moderate-income families and individuals.  HASB bases the rent charged o­n 30% of the household's adjusted annual income.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides subsidy to make up the difference between operating costs for the housing and the rents charged. 

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·  What public housing units does the HASB operate?

The HASB operates 9 Public Housing Family Developments: LaSalle Landing, Harber Homes, Monroe Circle, Laurel Court, South Bend Avenue, Edison Gardens, Twyckenham Apartments, Rabbi Shulman Plaza Apartments and, Westscott Court. Additionally, The HASB owns 235 single-family homes scattered throughout South Bend. All developments and homes are located within the city of South Bend and are conveniently located to schools, shopping, health care, and transportation.

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·  What determines eligibility?

HASB determines eligibility based upon the information provided in the application form, as verified through third party verifications and other requested information.  For public housing, income requirements for eligibility are:

Family Size
Maximum Allowed
1
$32,150
2
$36,750
3
$41,350
4
$45,900
5
$49,600
6
$53.,250
7
$56,950
8
$60,600

Additionally, HASB requires background screening for items such as criminal history, credit, and previous rental history in determining whether to grant admission to the public housing program.

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·  How would I apply?

If you are interested in applying for public housing, you must complete a Housing Application and submit it to the HASB office. You may obtain a copy of the Housing Application by coming to the HASB office at 501 Alonzo Watson Drive, South Bend, IN 46601. O­nce you complete the Housing Application and return it to our office, the Application will be reviewed and, if complete, will be entered o­nto our Waiting List. Currently, the time an Application may remain o­n our Waiting List will range from a few months to a year or more, depending o­n when apartments become vacant and your family size and characteristics.

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·  What type of documentation do I need to apply to the PH Waiting list?

You don't need any documentation to apply. You o­nly need to complete the application.

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·  If I am selected from the waiting list, will I need more documentation?  

Yes.  If you are selected from the list, you will need the following documentation:

*        Birth Certificate ( for the entire household)

*        Social Security Cards (for the entire household)

*        State ID (for all household members 18yrs. and older)

*       Income Verification (for individuals in the household who have an income)

*        Land Lord Verification ( for the past three years)

*        Background Check (for all household members 18 yrs. and older)

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·  Can I be turned down o­nce I have applied to the waiting list for PH?

Yes. Acceptance is NOT automatic. You may be denied assistance for any of the following reasons:

*        Failure to provide necessary documentation

*        Failure to show for scheduled appointment

*        Derogatory Landlord verification

*        Derogatory Background check

*        Unable to get utilities turned o­n in your name

*        Knowingly submitting false information

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·  Can I have a pet?

Pets are allowed o­n a limited basis (generally, small dogs, cats, fish, and birds). There is a deposit required for each pet. Animals needed for medical reasons and/or handicapped assistance are supported to the fullest extent of the law. Please call your Housing Specialist for more information.

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