Public Housing

Federally funded public housing was established to provide quality, safe rental housing for low-income families, persons with disabilities, and elderly persons. This housing varies in the type of facility, from scattered stand-alone family homes in the community to high-rise apartments.

Click here for listings and contact information for Public Housing Authorities in Tennessee.

Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) administer federal public housing. Usually, renters pay 30 percent of their income to the PHA for rent. The rest of the cost of operating and managing the facilities is covered by HUD.

Eligibility for public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals, based on the following criteria:

  • Annual gross income
  • Classification of the household as elderly, disabled, or a family
  • U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration classification

If the applicant is eligible for the housing, the applicant's rental history is reviewed. Applicants who have disrupted the lives of their neighbors in the past are screened out.

Click here for information regarding income status.

Click for a definition of disability.