Public Housing

Flat Rent: New HUD Requirements

Background

All public housing residents have two options in regards to rent:
1. Income-based rent, based on 30% of the adjusted household income, or;
2. Flat rent, based on market comparable rents for the location and property.

New HUD Requirements for Flat Rent

Statutory changes contained within, Public Law 113-76, the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriation Act created a new rule for setting flat rents. The new rule states that flat rents must be no less than 80 percent of the fair market rent (FMR). See table below.

How does this new requirement affect Residents?

Ninety-eight percent (98%) of HRHA public housing residents select the income-based rent option and will not be impacted by this new HUD requirement. Approximately 11 HRHA public housing residents (2% of households) currently select the flat rent option.

Residents that have selected the flat rent option AND currently pay:

  • Less rent than the amount in the chart below may experience an increase in rent.
  • More rent than the amount in the chart below will likely not experience an increase in rent.
HUD-Required Minimum
New Flat Rents
1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR 5 BR
80% of Hampton Fair
Market Rents (FMR)
$751 $904 $1,250 $1,573 $1,809

When will this take effect?

Letters were issued in May 2014 stating the new schedule of flat rents would be effective June 1, 2014. However, HRHA expects the new schedule of flat rents will be effective for public housing residents beginning October 31, 2014.

  • The new rule states that increases in rent due to changes in flat rent cannot exceed a 35% increase annually.
  • For residents whose rent would increase more than 35%, the changes will be phased in over 3 years.

Next Steps

As required by HUD, HRHA will be receiving comments on a revision to the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority FY2014 Agency Plan and the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policies (ACOP) on September 24, 2014 at 8:30am at the Ruppert Sargent Building, 1 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, EDA Conference Room, Hampton, Virginia 23669. Please call 727-6337 for further information about the public hearing.

Public Housing Information

The Public Housing Program is a federally funded program that provides decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Unit offers are made at final eligibility dependent upon availability and the needs of the family. Upon acceptance of the unit, a lease is signed by HRHA and the family. The responsibilities of the Housing Authority and the family are outlined in the lease. The Public Housing resident pays a portion of their income towards rent and utilities. Utilities are included in the rent; however, residents are billed monthly for any amounts in excess of the utility allowance.

Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) is responsible for the management and operation of its four (4) local public housing communities; Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park High-rise, North Phoebus Townhouses, and Langley Village.

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Public Housing Applications

Applications for housing can be downloaded, printed and filled. Below you will find one for each of our communities as well as a form to let us know if your information later changes.

  • Langley Village (must be 50 years of age or older to apply for Langley Village; 62 years or older have priority.)
  • North Phoebus (Not taking applications for one or two bedroom units)
An Applicant Update form is also available if your information later changes


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Frequent Questions

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You should call your rental office to submit a work order. After business hours, the number is answered by an answering service that will note the details of the work order. In the event of an emergency, a technician will be dispatched as soon as possible. Please note that there is a charge of $102.50 if a technician is dispatched after-hours for an event that is found to not be an emergency.
Yes, the Public housing waiting list is open for Langley Village (elderly designated), North Phoebus and Lincoln Park; all bedroom sizes. However the family does not choose which bedroom size that they will be placed on. The applicants’ family composition determines the bedroom size that will be assigned to the applicant.
No, the waiting list is closed. No date has been set to reopen the waiting list. It may not be for 1-3 years. When the waiting list reopens an advertisement will appear in the local section of the Daily Press and New Journal and Guide. This information is also available on our web site at www.hrha.org.
No, you must complete a separate application for Section Eight and at this time the Section Eight Waiting list is closed.
You will receive a letter in the mail once your name is placed on the waiting list. All applications are placed on the waiting list in the order received according to the date and time received and if a local preference can be claimed. This question will be asked on the application.
The wait will depend on the date and time your application was received, local preference, the community, the number of applicants on the waiting list and the amount of vacancies for a particular bedroom size. Based on the current status of our waiting list, we estimate a 2-48 month waiting period.
Sorry, we do not provide applicants with a number. Your application is placed on the waiting list in the order it was received. We can only verify the date and time the application was received and whether or not you qualify for a preference based on the information provided.
No, we must follow our Admittance and Continued Occupancy Policy as well as federal regulations when accepting applications and managing the waiting list. All applications go through the same procedure and wait their turn on the waiting list. Other agencies that may be of assistance are attached.
You will receive a letter to attend an interview to update your Public Housing application. At the interview we will gather information from you in order to determine your eligibility for our program. No apartments are leased at this first appointment. If you are determined eligible you will be contacted and an offer made for an apartment at the public housing community you were interviewed for.
Not necessarily, you may have mailed your applications at the same time but you cannot know the order they were received. We receive applications everyday and even though you may have mailed your application at the same time, your family status may be different, and so may your claim of a local preference so would your placement on the waiting list. The number of families called in varies on the availability of vacancies in each public housing community, and income targeting requirements.
Please call 757-727-1108 for questions regarding Lincoln Park. Call 757-727-1051 for questions regarding North Phoebus or 757-727-1106 for Langley Village. Leave your questions on the phone system. Please state your name, phone number and question you would like answered and speak clearly into the phone. Your phone message will be answered in the order it was received. Due to the high volume of phone calls you may not receive a call the same day, but your call will be returned, please be patient.

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Features

  • On the bus line
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Washer connections
  • Convenient to schools and shopping
  • Community Centers
  • On-site management
  • Central Heat
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting

Opportunities

As a public housing resident, we offer you the following opportunities:
  • Job search/training programs
  • Vocational, educational, and skills training
  • Computer lab
  • Financial planning/counseling
  • Healthy families programs
  • Resident counsel
  • Homeownership programs
  • Crime prevention
  • Elderly services
  • Scholarships

Contact Information

For information about applications or status, use the following numbers:

  • Lincoln Park: 757-727-1108
  • North Phoebus: 757-727-1051
  • Langley Village: 757-727-1106

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