This is the fourth in a series of six posts explaining the major eligibility requirements to receive housing assistance. The focus of this post is on legal presence requirements.
Recipients of housing grants must be able to prove they are in the United States legally. This is typically done with a birth certificate, Social Security number, declaration of eligible immigration status, driver’s license or picture ID. HUD reports, “By law, only U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens may benefit from federal rental assistance. Compliance with these rules ensures that only eligible families receive subsidy. These requirements apply to families making application to a program, property, waiting list, and tenants.” To read the ways to prove legal presence follow this link.
This link is also a great resource for residency requirements:
In addition, some housing grants also have local territorial requirements. When housing grants are delivered to local cities, townships, and counties to serve the people of that city, township or county, only people who can prove they are in or have residency in that particular local area can apply for that housing assistance.
Other articles in this series: