Eligibilty

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

PH is limited to low-income families and individuals. Your eligibility is based on:

1) Annual gross income;
2) Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and
3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

If you are eligible, we will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. We will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project's environment. HAs use income limits developed by HUD. Income limits vary from area to area so you may be eligible at one HA but not at another.

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you are interested in applying at Tarpon Spring Housing Authority.

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 Tarpon Springs Housing Authority              Preliminary Application
WILL I NEED TO PRODUCE ANY  DOCUMENTATION?

Yes, the HA representative will request whatever documentation is needed (e.g., birth certificates, income verification, etc.) to verify the information given on your application. The HA will also rely on direct verification from your employer, etc. You will be asked to sign a form to authorize release of pertinent information to the HA.

ARE THERE ANY SELECTION PREFERENCES?

Yes, you may receive a point for each of the following preferences at HATS:

1. Homeless, living in a shelter
2. Local, living in Tarpon Springs
3. Working, at least 20 hours/week

Preferences for you and/or your family will be verified during the application process.

Tarpon Springs Housing Authority
500 South Walton Avenue Tarpon Springs FL
34689-4714

Office:(727) 937-4411
Fax:(727) 279-2814
TDD:(800) 955-8771


HOW IS RENT DETERMINED?

Generally, you will pay 30% of your gross adjusted annual income toward rent. Your rent will be determined using a formula based on your family's anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow HAs to exclude a number of allowances from annual income. Based on your application, the HA representative will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older.


HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN PUBLIC HOUSING?

In general, you may stay in PH as long as you and your family comply with the lease.





The TSHA is Smoke-Free

HUD’s Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule was finalized on December 5, 2016, and became effective February 3, 2017. All Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) must comply with the rule and have implemented smoke-free policies no later than July 31, 2018. The elimination of second hand smoke that can migrate between public housing units can be an important step towards improving the health of residents as well as reducing maintenance costs for PHAs. The TSHA implemented its Smoke-Free Policy effective as of July 1, 2017.

HUD Smoke-Free Policy Resources for Residents:

https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/4_SMOKEF_FS_INFORESIDENTS.PDF

https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/OSH_SMOKEFREE_QUIT_FLYER.PDF

https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/SMOKEF_QUIT_FLYER_SPANISH.PDF

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm

HUD is working to provide additional smoke-free resources. If you have specific questions related to smoke-free public housing, please send an email to SmokeFreePublicHousing@hud.gov.

Tobacco Free Florida Resources:

http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway/



Violence Against Women
Act


The violence against women act of 2013 (VAWA) and the HUD regulation at 24 CFR 5.2005(b) prohibit PHAs from denying admission to otherwise qualified applicants on the basis that an applicant is, or has been, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. The TSHA has definitions of key terms and procedures used in VAWA outlined in it's Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) pertaining to notification, documentation, and confidentiality concerning VAWA.

VAWA expanded notification requirements include the following HUD forms:

HUD Form 5380 - TSHA VAWA Notice of Occupancy Form

HUD Form 5381 - TSHA Emergency Transfer Plan

HUD Form 5382 - TSHA VAWA Certification Form


HUD Form 5383 - TSHA Emergency Transfer Request