Housing Authorities in Arkansas

State of Housing in ArkansasU.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded $4,085,983 to renew support for 21 local homeless housing and service programs in Arkansas. The funding will ensure these HUD-assisted local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year. Later this year, HUD will award additional grant funding to support hundreds of other local programs, including new projects.

The eligibility for public housing, rental assistance, or any other program depends on many factors but mainly on income limits.

Income Limits

Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 1 Persons $10,500
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 2 Persons $12,000
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 3 Persons $13,500
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 4 Persons $14,950
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 5 Persons $16,150
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 6 Persons $17,350
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 7 Persons $18,550
Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits 8 Persons $19,750
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 1 Persons $17,450
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 2 Persons $19,950
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 3 Persons $22,450
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 4 Persons $24,900
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 5 Persons $26,900
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 6 Persons $28,900
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 7 Persons $30,900
Very Low (50%) Income Limits 8 Persons $32,900
Low (80%) Income Limits 1 Persons $27,900
Low (80%) Income Limits 2 Persons $31,900
Low (80%) Income Limits 3 Persons $35,900
Low (80%) Income Limits 4 Persons $39,850
Low (80%) Income Limits 5 Persons $43,050
Low (80%) Income Limits 6 Persons $46,250
Low (80%) Income Limits 7 Persons $49,450
Low (80%) Income Limits 8 Persons $52,650

State housing programs

Shelter Plus Care (S+C)

This program provides rental assistance for homeless people with disabilities, primarily those with serious mental illness,State of Housing in Arkansas chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and related diseases. Rental assistance grants must be matched in the aggregate by supportive services that are equal in value to the amount of rental assistance and appropriate to the needs of the population to be served. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis nationwide.Rental assistance is provided through four S+C components: (1) Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TRA) provides rental assistance to homeless persons who choose the housing in which they reside. Residents retain the assistance if they move; and the term for grants is 5 years; (2) Sponsor-based Rental Assistance (SRA) provides rental assistance through contracts between the grant recipient and a private nonprofit sponsor or community mental health agency established as a public nonprofit entity that owns or leases dwelling units in which participants reside.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The HOPWA program was established by the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act and remains the only federal housing program solely dedicated to providing rental housing assistance for persons and their families living with HIV/AIDS. Housing assistance provides the foundation from which these individuals and their families may participate in advances in HIV treatment and related care.

Good Neighbor Next Door

The Good Neighbor Next Door program strengthens communities and builds a safer nation. These goals are achieved by encouraging persons whose daily professional responsibilities represent a central link to the needs of the community to purchase and live in homes in these communities. This program makes homes in revitalization areas available to law enforcement officers, teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Each year, HUD sells a limited number of properties from its inventory at a 50 percent discount from the list price to eligible persons in the above professions. To make these homes even more affordable, eligible program participants may apply for an FHA-insured mortgage with a downpayment of only $100. Because homes sold through this program are located in revitalization areas, there may be additional assistance from state or local government sources.

Supportive Housing for the Elderly (Section 202)

State of Housing in ArkansasCapital advances are made to eligible private, nonprofit sponsors and, in cases of mixed-finance, for-profit limited partnerships where the sole general partner is (i) a nonprofit organization or (ii) a for-profit corporation wholly owned and controlled by one or more nonprofit organizations; or (iii) a limited liability company wholly owned and controlled by one or more nonprofit organizations to finance the development of rental housing with supportive services for the elderly. The advance is interest free and does not have to be repaid so long as the housing remains available for very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years. Project rental assistance covers the difference between the HUD-approved operating cost of the project and the tenants' contributions toward rent.

Cooperative Housing (Section 213)

HUD insures mortgages made by private lending institutions on cooperative housing projects of five or more dwelling units to be occupied by members of nonprofit cooperative ownership housing corporations. These loans may finance new construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, improvement, or repair of a project already owned, and resale of individual memberships; construction of projects composed of individual family dwellings to be bought by individual members with separate insured mortgages; and construction or rehabilitation of projects that the owners intend to sell to nonprofit cooperatives.

Self-Help Housing Property Disposition

The property must be used for self-help housing for low-income persons. Residents of the property must make a substantial contribution of labor toward the construction, rehabilitation, or refurbishment of the property. HUD has the right to take the property back if it is not used in accordance with program requirements.

Nursing Homes and Facilities

HUD insures mortgages made by private lending institutions to finance construction or renovation of facilities to accommodate 20 or more patients requiring skilled nursing care and related medical services, or those in need of minimum but continuous care provided by licensed or trained personnel. Assisted living facilities and board and care facilities may contain no fewer than five one‑bedroom or efficiency units.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

At least 75 percent of the families admitted to a public housing agency's (PHA) Housing Choice Voucher program during the PHA's fiscal year must have income at or below 30 percent of the area median income. In general, eligibility for vouchers is limited to:

  • Very low-income families;
  • Low-income families previously assisted under the public housing, Section 23, or Section 8 project-based housing programs;
  • Low-income families that are non-purchasing tenants of certain homeownership programs;
  • Low-income tenants displaced from certain Section 221 and 236 projects; or
  • Low-income families that meet PHA-specified eligibility criteria

Homeownership Voucher Assistance

A public housing agency (PHA), at its option, may provide monthly assistance to families that have been admitted to theState of Housing in Arkansas Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD regulations, that meet certain criteria, and that are purchasing homes in an amount that would otherwise have been provided to that family as tenant-based voucher assistance.

Project-Based Voucher Program
A PHA may project-base up to 20 percent of the PHA’s available voucher funding.A PHA may provide project-based assistance for existing housing that does not need rehabilitation, as well as for newly constructed or rehabilitated housing.After one year of assistance, a family may move from a project-based voucher unit. The family may switch to the PHA’s tenant-based voucher program when the next voucher is available, or to another comparable program if such a program is offered.Except for units designated for families that are elderly, disabled, and/or receiving supportive services, no more than 25 percent of units in a multifamily project may have project-based voucher assistance.

Choice Neighborhoods

The Choice Neighborhoods initiative demonstration program provides competitive grants to transform neighborhoods of extreme poverty with public and HUD-assisted housing into functioning, sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods with appropriate services, public assets, transportation and access to jobs, and schools, including public schools, community schools, and charter schools.Choice Neighborhoods grants primarily fund the preservation, rehabilitation and transformation of public and HUD-assisted housing. Funds may also be used for the conversion of vacant or foreclosed properties to affordable housing.Grantees must undertake comprehensive local planning with input from residents and the community. A strong emphasis is placed on local community planning for school and educational improvements, including early childhood initiatives. Grantees shall create partnerships with other local organizations including assisted housing owners, service agencies and resident organizations.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

State of Housing in ArkansasThe Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is administered by public housing agencies (PHAs) with the help of program coordinating committees (PCCs). The PCC usually consists of representatives of local government, employment and job training agencies, welfare agencies, nonprofit providers, local businesses, and assisted families. Supportive services most commonly provided to FSS program participants are child care, transportation, remedial education, and job training. The major components of the FSS program are a contract of participation between the PHA and the family, an individualized training and services plan for each participating family member, and an interest bearing escrow account. Credits to a family’s escrow account are based on increased income earned by family members during the term of their contract. On completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account, if no family member is receiving welfare assistance.

Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

This program addresses childhood lead-based paint poisoning and other childhood diseases associated with poor housing conditions such as exposure to moisture, mold, poor air quality, lead paint, residential application of pesticides, the presence of allergens, vermin, dust, and other substances that contribute to asthma, and hazardous conditions that increase the risk of injury. It promotes preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards in the home environment through several components:

Unemployment and Housing needs

The Arkansas Economist reports that unemployment rate was in February 2013 was 7.2%, unchanged from the previous month. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Workforce Services showed that the number of unemployed declined by nearly 600, partly offsetting the January increase. However, the February household survey also showed a sharp decline in employment for a second consecutive month. The two-month decline in employment with little change in unemployment implies a sharp contraction of the labor force. This was for 13th consecutive monthly decline in the size of the labor force, with an apparent acceleration of the trend during the first two months of 2013. Since January 2012, the labor force has fallen by more than 30,000 — about 2.2%.

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