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Give me some details about how public housing is run.
Public housing is run by local organizations called "public
housing authorities." The housing authority isn't actually a part of the city or
county government. Each public housing authority has its own executive director
and its own board of commissioners.
The board of commissioners is appointed by the mayor of the city or by the
county judge. One of the commissioners must be someone who lives in the public
housing apartments as a tenant. This person is called the "resident
The board of commissioners meets regularly. Their meeting are, by law, open to
The board of commissioners hires the housing authority's executive director. The
executive director hires the rest of the housing authority staff, including all
the property managers.
The housing authority gets money from the rents it collects from the tenants and
from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) . In Kentucky
the rents tenants pay account for about 36% of what is costs to operate the
apartments. HUD pays the housing authority for the rest of the cost of operating
public housing and gives the housing authority grants to rehabilitate older
public housing apartments.
HUD gives all housing authorities some general rules they must follow as they
manage the apartments and decide who they will rent to. HUD leaves all the other
decisions about how to run public housing to the local housing authority board
of commissioners. The board of commissioners must adopt a plan every year that
says exactly how they will run public housing, including all the rules and
preferences they will use in deciding who they will allow to rent an apartment.
This document is called the "One Year Public Housing Authority Plan." If you
want to know how your public housing authority operates you should read this
plan. You have the right to get a copy of this document from your public housing
authority. You may read it in their office for free. If you want a copy from
them, you may have to pay copy costs.
HUD must approve the housing authority's Plan and HUD also audits and issues a
report card on each public housing authority. The report card is called the
Public Housing Management Assessment Program (PHMAP) . Housing authorities are
graded by HUD on a scale of 1 to 100.