Public housing assistance, or PHA, is a group of federal programs designed to aid in subsidizing rents for low-income individuals and families. They're administered by various city and state public housing authorities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees the use of federal PHA programs by those cities and states. Today's programs can trace their history back to the government's initial efforts undertaken during the Great Depression.
The Housing Authority of Dry Ridge is one of two Public Housing Authorities (PHA's) in Grant County. In 1937, the U.S. Housing Act established permanent public housing funded by the federal government. Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 HAs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.
The Housing Authority of Dry Ridge has been serving the Dry Ridge community by providing and developing quality affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families while promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment since 1983. The Housing Authority of Dry Ridge (HADR), is a tax-exempt, non-profit, municipal corporation, governed by a Board nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Commission. The agency is responsible for the development and management of federally subsidized housing in the Dry Ridge area.
HUD relies on local HAs to determine eligibility for public housing assistance. Factors determining such eligibility include an applicant's gross annual income. In addition, HAs will look at whether the applicant is elderly, has a disability or heads a family. Lastly, HAs are charged with determining an applicant's citizenship status. Only U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants are allowed to receive PHA. HAs also conduct background checks on applicants to ensure they'll be good tenants.