Flat Rent: New HUD Requirements
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.
New Flat Rents
|1 BR||2 BR||3 BR||4 BR||5 BR|
|80% of Hampton Fair
Market Rents (FMR)
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.
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)
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