PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING
The paperwork you are submitting is only for Public Housing Assistance through the Laurel Housing Authority. In order for your application to be processed, the application MUST include the following information:
- Name and complete mailing address of your most recent landlord(s)
- Must include the street name and house (apartment) number or County road number and house (apartment) number; or Post Office Box Number along with the City, State, and Zip Code. You must include the telephone number(s) of your most recent landlord(s).
The Laurel Housing Authority (hereinafter referred to as the LHA) is required by law to verify ALL family income. The LHA has the ability to obtain wage information through State Wage databases, Social Security benefits through the Social Security Administration databases, any unemployment compensation, and any pensions for each person in your household. You must provide the LHA with your employer’s name, complete mailing address, and telephone number if you are currently employed, or support or other income on a continuing basis, you must report the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of these sources of income. If you are receiving Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Veteran Administration benefits or any other type of payment based on your inability to work, you must provide the LHA with a copy of your award(s) letter.
You MUST provide the LHA with a clear photocopy of your Social Security Card and Birth Certificate for all household members, regardless of age. We cannot process your application for housing assistance without these documents for all family members.
All applicants and household members (years 18 and older) must not have any violent crime or drug charges within the past five (5) years. The LHA will perform a criminal background check on all family members that are 18 years of age and older.
If you are legally separated or claim divorced status, you must provide the LHA with a copy of your final divorce decree or legal separation papers.
In order to be eligible for the Four Hundred and Eighty Dollar ($480.00) dependent deduction allowed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), your “dependent(s)” must be under the age of 18, or if over 18 years of age is a full-time student or is a person with a disability. If the dependent(s) is 18 years of age or older, you provide the LHA with the school’s name, complete address, and telephone number. The LHA must verify this dependent information before a dependent deduction can be granted to any household member. Dependents that are subject to joint custody arrangements will be considered a member of the family if they live with the applicant or resident family fifty percent (50%) or more of the time in a twelve (12) month period. Legal custody of dependents must be evidenced by a legal court order granting the custody of the dependent to the head of household or other adult family member of the family household.
If you (the head of the household or spouse) are employed, or actively seeking gainful employment, or seeking to further your continuing education, you may be eligible for a child care deduction. HUD defines child care expenses as “amounts anticipated to be paid by the family for the care of children under 13 years of age during the period for which annual income is computed, but only where such care is necessary to enable a family member to actively seek employment, be gainfully employed, or to further his or her education and only to the extent such amounts are not reimbursed. The amount deducted shall reflect reasonable charges for child care”.
If you, as the head of household, co-head, or sole member of the household, are age 62 years of age or older, handicapped, and/or disabled, you may be eligible for a Four Hundred Dollar ($400.00) single deduction. If you meet these qualifications, please provide the LHA with copies of your unreimbursed medical expenses for the upcoming 12-month period and with any reasonable expenses for any attendant care and/or auxiliary apparatus for the disabled family member.
WE TRY TO PROCESS EVERY APPLICATION IN AN EXPEDIENT MANNER. THE LHA WILL PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION AS SOON AS ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION IS RECEIVED (LANDLORD REFERENCES, POLICE BACKGROUND CHECK, CREDIT CHECK, AND INCOME AND EXPENSE VERIFICATION). IF APPLICATION IS INCOMPLETE, A LETTER WILL BE SENT TO STATING THE ITEMS NEEDED FOR FURTHER PROCESSING, AND WILL INCLUDE A DEADLINE DATE FOR RETURN OF THE MISSING ITEMS TO THE LHA. THE LHA WILL CONTACT YOU ONCE ALL INFORMATION IS RECEIVED AND VERIFIED REGARDING ELIGIBILITY. FREQUENT CALLS FROM APPLICANTS ONLY SLOWS DOWN THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT.
We appreciate your interest in our housing communities.
APPLICATIONS FOR HOUSING ARE ACCEPTED TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FROM 9:00 AM THROUGH 2:00 PM WITH THE EXCEPTION TO THE 1ST WEEK OF THE MONTH. YOU MAY PLACE YOUR APPLICATION AT ANY PROPERTY MANAGER’S OFFICE
IF YOU ARE AN APPLICANT WITH A HANDICAP AND/OR A DISABILITY AND A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION IS NEEDED, PLEASE CONTACT THE RESPECTIVE PROPERTY MANAGER.
NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION, AN APPLICANT MUST QUALIFY AS A FAMILY. A FAMILY, AS DEFINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDES A FAMILY WITH A CHILD OR CHILDREN, TWO OR MORE ELDERLY OR DISABLED PERSONS LIVING TOGETHER, ONE OR MORE ELDERLY OR DISABLED PERSON LIVING WITH A LIVE-IN-AIDE, OR A SINGLE PERSON.
THE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD OF THE FAMILY MUST HAVE THE LEGAL CAPACITY TO ENTER INTO A DWELLING LEASE UNDER STATE LAW (LEGAL AGE BEING AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE (21) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR AN EMANICIPATED MINOR). AN EMANICAPATED MINOR IS ONE WHO HAS BEEN GRANTED EMANICIPATION UNDER MISSISSIPPI STATE CODE 1972 SECTION 93-19-1, ET. SEQ.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD MUST PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION OF HIS/HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER BEFORE THE FAMILY IS ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM.
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