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Public Housing/Section 8 Rules & Restrictions

To qualify, you must fall within the definition of a family and meet occupancy standards and other qualifications as determined by the HRA under the Fair Housing Act. References will also be required of all applicants.

"A person with a disability may request reasonable accommodation at any time during the application process, participation in a program and/or during the grievance procedures."


Basic Facts about the Fair Housing Act:

What Housing Is Covered? The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, or housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

What Is Prohibited? In the sale and rental of housing in the state of Minnesota no one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, handicap/disability, creed, marital status, public assistance, affectional preference or ancestry:

    Refuse to rent or sell housing
    Refuse to negotiate for housing
    Make housing unavailable
    Deny a dwelling
    Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
    Provide different housing services or facilities
    Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
    For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
    Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.

Additional Protection if You or Someone Associated with you have a Disability:

    Have a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex and mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
    Have a record of such a disability or are regarded as having such a disability your landlord may not:

    Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)
    Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing.

However, housing need not be made available to a person who is a direct threat to the health or safety of others or who currently uses illegal drugs.

For Further Information:

The Fair Housing Act and HUD's regulations contain more detail and technical information. If you need a copy of the law or regulations, contact the HUD Office nearest you.

RIGHT TO PRIVACY
Information that is obtained directly from applicants, or from those persons authorized by the applicant, will be used or disclosed only for purposes relating directly to the administration of the Public Housing Program. All information that is "private data on individuals" under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minn. Stat. Sec. 13.01 and following) will be handled in compliance with that law.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
The Public Housing Authority will rely upon sources of information which may include, but are not limited to, Public Housing Authority records, personal interviews with the applicant or resident, home visits, credit checks, criminal and court records or police departments' records, references from previous and current landlords (or agents), employers, family, social workers, parole/probation officers.

VERIFICATION
Lack of Information and Applicant's Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all requested non-¬economic eligibility verifications are executed by the applicant and/or appropriate members of the household and returned to the Public Housing Authority. The Public Housing Authority shall send the verifications to the appropriate individual or entity. An application file lacking these verifications will be considered incomplete and regular processing delayed until the information is received or the matter is otherwise resolved by the Public Housing Authority. If the Public Housing Authority determines that the applicant has unreasonably failed to supply information, the Public Housing Authority will provide written notice of proposal to deny the application. The Public Housing Authority will deny the application ten business days after the notice has been mailed, unless the applicant supplies that information or requests and obtains an extension from the Public Housing Authority.

APPLICANT RESPONSIBILITIES

    Applicants must supply the names, addresses and phone numbers of the managers of the residences where they resided for a minimum of the preceding five years. If the applicant cannot supply non-institutional residences during this period because the applicant was hospitalized, in a halfway house, etc, then the applicant must supply names, addresses and phone numbers of the applicant’s three most recent non-institutional residences.
    Applicants must complete reference forms for prior non-institutional landlords. The Public Housing Authority will consider references from social workers and institutional providers, such as halfway houses and hospitals, but these references will not substitute for the required landlord references. 
    Applicants will be required to identify states and counties where they have lived for the previous ten years. 
    Applicants will be required to identify any residence, institutional or non-institutional, where they have been required or asked to leave and to state the reason.
    Applicants will be required to identify all criminal convictions. Applicants will be required to disclose their arrest record and to state the circumstances of offenses charged and the disposition of the charge.