Online Rental Application Directions

Dear Applicant: Please read the following steps in applying for a rental unit with the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA):

Read and review the HUD Income Guidelines

Read and review the Grounds for Denial due to Criminal Activity - LIPH Program

Read and review the Policy of Non-discrimination & Accessibility for Individuals with a Disability

Read and review the Debts Owed to Public Housing Agencies and Terminations policy

Read and review the Policy regarding the Violence Against Women Act

Read and review the Policy regarding Background Criminal Investigations and Credit Checks

Read and review the Policy regarding Veterans and Foster Care Preferences

Read and review the Policy regarding Confirmation Numbers

Read and review the Policy regarding Assignment of Bedroom Sizes

You must verify that you have read and reviewed each section by checking the corresponding boxes. Checking all boxes will allow you to continue to the Online Application. Checking the boxes will confirm that each policy has been reviewed and that you understand and agree to the terms set therein.

HUD INCOME GUIDELINES:

Note: Any changes in income, family composition and/or contact information (phone and/or address) MUST be made in writing to the ACHA within 10 days of the change. If you fail to update your contact information within 10 days, you may be removed from the site waiting list and must reapply to be placed on the waiting list again.

Persons with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation in completing an application may call the Allegheny County Housing to make special arrangements. A Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) is available for the deaf. The TDD telephone number is 412-402-2671.

All applicants must fall within HUD income guidelines to qualify for Low Income Public Housing. Rent payments are based upon 30% of the adjusted gross income of the applicant. Please contact the site Property Manager if you have any questions regarding these requirements.

Income Guidelines for LIPH Units
(LIHTC Units Follow Different Guidelines)

Number of persons in Family Maximum Income
1 $40,700
2 $46,500
3 $52,300
4 $58,100
5 $62,750
6 $67,400
7 $72,050

The sites below are funded through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) and have different income requirements.

  • Dumplin Hall
  • Orchard Park
  • Hays Manor
  • Dalton's Edge
  • John Fraser Hall
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Groveton Village
  • Pine Ridge Heights
  • Homestead Housing
  • Negley Gardens
  • Sharpsburg Housing
  • Caldwell Station

Please contact these sites directly for their specific income guidelines.

I have read and reviewed the income guidelines to apply for Low Income Public Housing. I also understand that just because my income is within the income guidelines does not make me eligible for any low income public housing. Other factors will determine my eligibility for the program.

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Grounds for Denial due to Criminal Activity - LIPH Program

ACHA Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy – Effective October 1, 2010

8.4 Grounds for denial - the Allegheny County Housing Authority is not required or obligated to assist families where applicants or members of the applicant’s household…..

A. Do not meet any one or more of the eligibility criteria; if one member of the household does not meet the eligibility criteria, the entire household is considered ineligible. The remaining household members may re-apply with a new application and a new date and time.

B. Do not supply information or documentation required by the application process, however, once supplied, the family may reapply for assistance;

C. Have failed to respond to a written request for information or a request to declare their continued interest in the program, however, once supplied, the family may reapply for assistance;

D. Have a history of not meeting financial obligations, especially rent, however, once the family completes the process, they may reapply for assistance; (Please refer to Management Plan for all LIHTC sites regarding credit eligibility);

E. Once management receives landlord verification(s) from current/previous landlords and there is negative response(s), they may be deemed ineligible for the assigned site;

F. Do not have the ability to maintain (with assistance) their housing in a decent and safe condition where such habits could adversely affect the health, safety, or welfare of other tenants;

G. If resident household is responsible for paying utilities and they are not able to put utilities in their name, they will be deemed ineligible for the assigned site;

H. Have a history of criminal activity by any household member involving crimes of physical violence against persons or property and any other criminal activity including drug-related criminal activity that would adversely affect the health, safety, or well-being of other tenants or staff or cause damage to the property. For the purpose of this Policy, if any adult member of the applicant family is currently charged with or has been convicted in the last five (5) [or ten (10)] years of the date of projected admission of any of the following listed offenses, they will be determined to have engaged in criminal activity, drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity. While juvenile criminal records will not be routinely monitored, if the Allegheny County Housing Authority becomes aware that a juvenile has committed a non-sex-related crime, it reserves the right to deny admission to that person.

Offenses involving Danger to the Person - 10 year ban:

  1. Voluntary Manslaughter
  2. Aggravated Assault
  3. Involuntary Manslaughter
  4. Robbery
  5. “Rocco’s Law”

Drug Offenses - 5 year ban:

  1. Possession of a Controlled Substance
  2. Possession of Marijuana charged as a misdemeanor or felony
  3. Solicitation of a Minor to Traffic Drug

Drug Offenses - 10 year ban:

  1. Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
  2. The Manufacturing of any Controlled Substance or New Drug

Offenses Against Property - 5 year ban:

  1. Causing or Risking a Catastrophe
  2. Criminal Mischief (when amount exceeds $5,000.00)

Burglary and Other Criminal Intrusion:

  1. Burglary

Theft and Related Offenses – Felonies Only - 5 year ban:

  1. Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition
  2. Theft by Deception
  3. Theft by Extortion
  4. Theft of Services
  5. Theft of Leased Property
  6. Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received
  7. Forgery
  8. Access Device Fraud
  9. Identity Theft

Other Offenses - 5 year ban:

  1. Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer
  2. Endangering the welfare of a child
  3. Reckless Endangerment of Another Person

Additionally, any applicant that is currently charged with or convicted of attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit any of the offenses listed in in this Section will be denied admission.

Being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking is not an appropriate basis for denial of program assistance or for denial of admission, if the applicant otherwise qualifies for assistance or admission. The Authority will require verification in all cases where an applicant claims protection against an action proposed to be taken by the Authority involving such individual. Types of acceptable verifications are outlined in Section 20.2B of the ACOP, and must be submitted within 14 business days after receipt of the Housing Authority’s written request for verification.

I. Currently owes rent or other amounts to any housing authority in connection with their public housing or Section 8 programs and listed on the Debts Owed report in EIV. Denial will be upheld until debt is repaid, once paid the family may reapply for admission. If an applicant was a former Allegheny County Housing Authority resident and was evicted for non-payment of rent, the applicant will be ineligible for a period of twelve months. The twelve month time period will be based on the eviction date of the former resident. After the twelve months have expired and the debt has been paid in full the applicant will be eligible for housing again;

J. Have committed fraud, bribery or any other corruption in connection with any Federal housing assistance program, including the intentional misrepresentation of information related to their housing application or benefits derived there from (family will be denied for three years before they are eligible to reapply for admission);

K. Were evicted from federally assisted housing or terminated from a Housing Choice Voucher Program within the past 5 years for any reason other than the non-payment of rent. The 5-year limit is based on the date of such eviction. If the eviction was for drug related criminal activity, the Allegheny County Housing Authority may admit the household if the PHA determines:

  1. The evicted household member who engaged in drug-related criminal activity has successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program approved by the Allegheny County Housing Authority; or
  2. The circumstances leading to the eviction no longer exist (for example, the criminal household member is imprisoned or has died)

L. Are currently engaging in the illegal use of a controlled substance. For purposes of this section, a member is “currently engaged in” the criminal activity if the person has engaged in this behavior recently enough to justify a reasonable belief that it behavior is current.

M. The Allegheny County Housing Authority determines that it has reasonable cause to believe that a household member’s illegal use or pattern of illegal use of a drug may threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents (family will be denied for three years);

N. The Allegheny County Housing Authority determines that it has reasonable cause to believe that a household member’s abuse or pattern of abuse of alcohol may threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents (family will be denied for three years);

O. Have engaged in or threatened abusive or violent behavior towards any Allegheny County Housing Authority staff member or resident (denial will be for five years);

P. Denied for Life: If any family member has been convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine;

Q. Fugitive felons, parole violators, and persons fleeing to avoid prosecution or custody or confinement after conviction for a crime, or attempt to commit a crime, that is a felony under the laws of the place from which the individual flees (family will be denied for three years);

R. Murder, Kidnapping and Arson: Have a conviction or is currently charged with Murder, Kidnapping or Arson. Have a conviction or is currently charged with Criminal Attempt, Solicitation, or Conspiracy with regard to the crimes of Murder, Kidnapping or Arson. Denials based upon this section will be for life.

S. Denial for Firearms: A family member is currently charged with or has been convicted in the last five (5) years of violating the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act of 1995.

T. Denial for Individuals Registered as a Sex Offender in Pennsylvania. Any adult or juvenile household member listed as a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania for a sexual offense listed in 42 Pa.C.S.A. §9799.14 will be denied as follows:

  1. 15 years from the date the individual is required to register, or began registration, whichever is longer, for an offense listed as Tier I Sexual Offense in 42 Pa.C.S.A. §9799.14;
  2. 25 years from the date the individual is required to register, or began registration, whichever is longer, for an offense listed as a Tier II Sexual Offense in 42 Pa.C.S.A. §9799.14;
  3. Lifetime for an individual required to register for an offense listed as a Tier III Sexual Offense in 42 PA.C.S.A. §9799.14.

U. Denial for Individuals Registered as a Sex Offender in Another State. Any adult or juvenile household member listed as a registered sex offender on the US Department of Justice’s Dru Sjodin National Sex offender website will be denied as follows:

  1. Individuals convicted of a similar offense to those enumerated as a Tier I Sexual Offense in 42 PA.C.S.A. §9799.14 will be denied for 15 years from the date the individual is required to register, or began registration, whichever is longer;
  2. Individuals convicted of a similar offense to those enumerated as a Tier II Sexual Offense in 42 PA.C.S.A. §9799.14 will be denied for 25 years from the date the individual is required to register, or began registration, whichever is longer;
  3. Individuals convicted of a similar offense to those enumerated as a Tier III Sexual Offense in 42 PA.C.S.A. §9799.14 will be denied for life.

V. Denial for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender When Required. Any adult or juvenile household member who fails to register as a sex offender when required to do so pursuant to any state sex offender statute will be denied admission.

W. Denial for Other Sex Offenders. Admission will be denied to any household member currently charged with or convicted in the last ten (10) years of the projected date of admission of any offense listed as a sexual offense in Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues Annotated, or a conviction in another state of a similar offense.

X. Denial for Sex Offenses Committed Prior to 1995. Any household member convicted of an offense designated as a sexual offense under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated, or of a sexual offense in another state similar to a Pennsylvania sexual offense, which, if convicted after 1995, would require the individual to register as a sex offender, will be denied as follows:

  1. Individuals convicted of an offense enumerated as a Tier II Sexual Offense in 42 PA.C.S.A. §9799.14, or an offense similar to those enumerated as a Tier II Sexual Offense, will be denied for 25 years from the date of conviction or from the date of their release from incarceration, whichever is longer;
  2. Individuals convicted of an offense enumerated as a Tier III Sexual Offense in 42 PA.C.S.A. §9799.14, or an offense similar to those enumerated as a Tier III Sexual Offense, will be denied for life.

Y. No household member can be participating in another subsidized or assisted housing program.

Z. New admissions of medical marijuana users are prohibited (this does not include FDA-approved marijuana synthetics). HUD has ruled that federal law preempts state law on this issue. In determining whether to deny admission for illegal use of a drug by a household member who is no longer engaging in such use, or for a current charge or conviction in the last five (5) years for Possession of a Controlled Substance, or for abuse or a pattern of abuse of alcohol by a household member who is no longer engaging in such abuse, the Allegheny County Housing Authority may consider whether such household member:

  1. Is participating in a supervised drug or alcohol rehabilitation program;
  2. Has successfully completed a supervised drug or alcohol rehabilitation program; or
  3. Has otherwise been successfully rehabilitated.

For this purpose, Allegheny County Housing Authority will require the applicant to submit evidence of the household member’s current participation in, or successful completion of, a supervised drug or alcohol rehabilitation program or evidence of otherwise having been rehabilitated successfully.

Before the Allegheny County Housing Authority denies admission to the Allegheny County Housing Authority’s public housing program on the basis of a criminal record, the Allegheny County Housing Authority must notify the household of the proposed action and must provide the person with the criminal record (i.e. the child) and the applicant (head of household) with a copy of the criminal record and an opportunity to dispute the accuracy and relevance of that record. The applicant will have 10 business days to dispute the accuracy and relevance of the record in writing. If the Allegheny County Housing Authority does not receive the dispute within the allotted time, the applicant will be denied. If an applicant is denied admission due to a current criminal charge that is later dismissed, withdrawn, or where the applicant is found not-guilty; the applicant shall be reinstated to the waiting list as of the date they originally attempted to apply if requested within 90 days of the dismissal, withdrawal, or finding of not guilty.

8.5 Informal Review

A. If the Allegheny County Housing Authority determines that an applicant does not meet the criteria for receiving public housing assistance, the Allegheny County Housing Authority will promptly provide the applicant with written notice of the determination. The notice must contain a brief statement of the reason(s) for the decision and state that the applicant may request in writing an informal review of the decision within 10 business days of the denial. The Allegheny County Housing Authority will describe how to obtain the informal review.

The informal review may be conducted by any person designated by the Allegheny County Housing Authority, other than a person who made or approved the decision under review or subordinate of this person. Typically this will be the Residential Property Manager. The applicant must be given the opportunity to present written or oral objections to the Allegheny County Housing Authority's decision. The Allegheny County Housing Authority must notify the applicant of the final decision within 14 calendar days after the informal review, including a brief statement of the reasons for the final decision.

B. The applicant family may request that the Allegheny County Housing Authority provide for an Informal Hearing after the family has notification of an INS decision on their citizenship status on appeal, or in lieu of request of appeal to the INS. This request must be made by the applicant within 30 calendar days of receipt of the Notice of Denial or Termination of Assistance, or within 30 calendar days of receipt of the INS appeal decision.

For the applicants, the Informal Hearing Process above will be utilized with the exception that the applicant will have up to 30 calendar days of receipt of the Notice of Denial or Termination of Assistance, or of the INS appeal decision.

I have read and reviewed the ACHA Policy regarding Grounds For Denial due to Criminal Activity. I certify that neither myself nor anyone in my family has committed a criminal offense that violates this ACHA Policy.

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Policy of Non-discrimination & Accessibility for Individuals with a Disability

The Allegheny County Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission, access to or use of its programs or activities. Kate Vitek has been designated to coordinate compliance with the applicable non-discrimination laws and implementing regulations.
Contact Kate Vitek for more information: 412.402.2474 A copy of the ACHA’s non-discrimination and Accessibility Policy and Procedures is available for review at the ACHA’s management offices and its central office located at 625 Stanwix Street, 12th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

During the application process, you will be asked 5 questions specific to requests for accessibility, otherwise known as Reasonable Accommodations.

You will be asked:

  1. Do you require any reasonable accommodations?
  2. Do you or any other person(s) listed on this application require a wheelchair accessible unit?
  3. Do you or any other person(s) listed on this application require a hearing/vision impaired unit?
  4. Do you or any other person(s) listed on this application require an extra bedroom for medical equipment?
  5. Do you or any other person(s) listed on this application require a live-in aide?


The HUD definition of a live-in aide is a person who resides with one or more elderly persons, near-elderly persons or persons with disabilities and who is: (1) determined to be essential to the care and well-being of the persons; (2) is not obligated for the support of the persons; and (3) would not be living in the unit except to provide the necessary supportive services. It should be noted that the definition applies to a specific person. In accordance with this definition, a live-in aide is not a member of the assisted family and does not qualify for continued occupancy as the remaining member of the tenant family.


If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions during the application process, you will receive forms asking you to verify your disability related need for the accommodation including information from a qualified third party verifier (doctor, therapist, social worker, etc), and have 30 days to provide requested information. Please contact Kate Vitek, ADA/504 Coordinator at (412) 402-2474 with any questions or concerns on this section of the Application.

I have read and reviewed the ACHA Policy regarding Non-discrimination & Accessibility for Indivduals with a Disability

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

In order to qualify for the Victims of Domestic Violence Preference and VAWA protections, the Certification of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking (known as the “VAWA Certification”), and/or other supportive documentation as identified in the VAWA Certification, must be submitted to the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) within 14 business days of entering your application. In all cases, it is necessary that you provide sufficient documentation for you to be protected under VAWA and support your request for the Victims of Domestic Violence Preference. If we do not receive your documentation by that time, your Victims of Domestic Violence Preference will be automatically denied, and you will remain on the waiting list according to date and time of your application and any other preference that you might qualify for. All documentation must be acceptable to the ACHA and include appropriate signatures certifying to the accuracy of the information provided.

Get the form here

I have read and reviewed the ACHA Policy regarding the Violence Against Women Act

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Background Criminal Investigations and Credit Checks

By completing the application you hereby authorize the Allegheny County Housing Authority to obtain from any person, agency or service, regarding your background and credit report. This may assist in determining whether you have

  1. a criminal history
  2. an outstanding balance to any other landlord; or
  3. Credit evaluation, if applicable

I have read and reviewed the ACHA Policy regarding Background Criminal Investigations and Credit Checks

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Veterans and Foster Care Preference

In order to qualify for the Veterans or Foster care Preference you must submit to the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) within 14 business days of entering your application any and all supporting documentation. In all cases, it is necessary that you provide sufficient documentation for you to receive the preference. If we do not receive your documentation by that time, your Preference will be automatically denied, and you will remain on the waiting list according to date and time of your application and any other preference that you might qualify for. All documentation must be acceptable to the ACHA and include appropriate signatures certifying to the accuracy of the information provided.

Foster care please contact: Allegheny County CYF 400 N Lexington St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208, Phone: 412-473-2000, (fax ) 412-473-2015

Veterans Administration @ 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 800-827-1000

I have read and reviewed the ACHA Policy regarding Veterans and Foster Care Preference

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DEBTS OWED TO PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES AND TERMINATIONS

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Public and Indian Housing
DEBTS OWED TO PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES AND TERMINATIONS
Paperwork Reduction Notice: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 7 minutes per response. This includes the time for respondents to read the document and certify, and any recordkeeping burden. This information will be used in the processing of a tenancy. Response to this request for information is required to receive benefits. The agency may not collect this information, and you are not required to complete this form, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB Number is 2577-0266, and expires 08/31/2016.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE FOLLOWING HUD RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:
  • Public Housing (24 CFR 960)
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, including the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (24 CFR 982)
  • Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (24 CFR 882)
  • Project-Based Voucher (24 CFR 983)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a national repository of debts owed to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) or Section 8 landlords and adverse information of former participants who have voluntarily or involuntarily terminated participation in one of the above-listed HUD rental assistance programs. This information is maintained within HUD’s Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system, which is used by Public Housing agencies (PHAs) and their management agents to verify employment and income information of program participants, as well as, to reduce administrative and rental assistance payment errors. The EIV system is designed to assist PHAs and HUD in ensuring that families are eligible to participate in HUD rental assistance programs and determining the correct amount of rental assistance a family is eligible for. All PHAs are required to use this system in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 5.233.

HUD requires PHAs, which administers the above-listed rental housing programs, to report certain information at the conclusion of your participation in a HUD rental assistance program. This notice provides you with information on what information the PHA is required to provide HUD, who will have access to this information, how this information is used and your rights. PHAs are required to provide this notice to all applicants and program participants and you are required to acknowledge receipt of this notice by signing page 2. Each adult household member must sign this form.

What information about you and your tenancy does HUD collect from the PHA?

The following information is collected about each member of your household (family composition): full name, date of birth, and Social Security Number.

The following adverse information is collected once your participation in the housing program has ended, whether you voluntarily or involuntarily move out of an assisted unit:
  1. Amount of any balance you owe the PHA or Section 8 landlord (up to $500,000) and explanation for balance owed (i.e. unpaid rent, retroactive rent (due to unreported income and/ or change in family composition) or other charges such as damages, utility charges, etc.); and
  2. Whether or not you have entered into a repayment agreement for the amount that you owe the PHA; and
  3. Whether or not you have defaulted on a repayment agreement; and
  4. Whether or not the PHA has obtained a judgment against you; and
  5. Whether or not you have filed for bankruptcy; and
  6. The negative reason(s) for your end of participation or any negative status (i.e., abandoned unit, fraud, lease violations, criminal activity, etc.) as of the end of participation date.

Who will have access to the information collected?

This information will be available to HUD employees, PHA employees, and contractors of HUD and PHAS.

How will this information be used?

PHAs will have access to this information during the time of application for rental assistance and reexamination of family income and composition for existing participants. PHAs will be able to access this information to determine a family’s suitability for initial or continued rental assistance, and avoid providing limited Federal housing assistance to families who have previously been unable to comply with HUD program requirements. If the reported information is accurate, a PHA may terminate your current rental assistance and deny your future request for HUD rental assistance, subject to PHA policy.

How long is the debt owed and termination information maintained in EIV?

Debt owed and termination information will be maintained in EIV for a period of up to ten (10) years from the end of participation date.

What are my rights?

In accordance with the Federal Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 USC 552a) and HUD regulations pertaining to its implementation of the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 (24 CFR Part 16), you have the following rights:
  1. To have access to your records maintained by HUD, subject to 24 CFR Part 16.
  2. To have an administrative review of HUD’s initial denial of your request to have access to your records maintained by HUD.
  3. To have incorrect information in your record corrected upon written request.
  4. To file an appeal request of an initial adverse determination on correction or amendment of record request within 30 calendar days after the issuance of the written denial.
  5. To have your record disclosed to a third party upon receipt of your written and signed request

What do I do if I dispute the debt or termination information reported about me?

If you disagree with the reported information, you should contact in writing the PHA who has reported this information about you. The PHA’s name, address, and telephone numbers are listed on the Debts Owed and Termination Report. You have a right to request and obtain a copy of this report from the PHA. Inform the PHA why you would dispute the information and provide any documentation that supports your dispute. HUD’s record retention policies at 24 CFR Part 908 and 24 CFR Part 982 provide that the PHA may destroy your records three years from the date your participation in the program ends. To ensure the availability of your records, disputes of the original debt or termination information must be made within three years from the end or the participation date; otherwise the debt and termination information will be presumed correct. Only the PHA who reported the adverse information about you can delete or correct your record. Your filing of bankruptcy will not result in the removal of debt owed or termination information from HUD’s EIV system. However, if you have included this debt in your bankruptcy filing and/or this debt has been discharged by the bankruptcy court, your record will be updated to include the bankruptcy indicator, when you provide the PHA with documentation of your bankruptcy status.
The PHA will notify you in writing of its action regarding your dispute within 30 days of receiving your written dispute. If the PHA determines that the disputed information is incorrect, the PHA will update or delete the record. If the PHA determines that the disputed information is correct, the PHA will provide an explanation as to why the information is correct.

This Notice was provided by the below-listed PHA:

Allegheny County Housing Authority
625 Stanwix Street, 12th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
 

I have read and reviewed HUD's Policy regarding Debts owed to Public Housing Agencies and Terminations. I understand that a written copy will be provided to me when I attend my eligibility interview. I understand that at that time I, and all adult members of my household, will be required to sign HUD Form OMB No. 2577-0266, which is due to expire 10/31/19.

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Confirmation Number Information:

After completing your online application, you will be assigned a confirmation number. You will have the option to print the confirmation number, or have it emailed to the email address you entered during the application process. If you are unable to either print your confirmation number or receive it through email you will receive it through mail to the address you have provided. *If the notice with your confirmation number is not received within 10 business days applicants are to contact the Leasing Administrator.

The confirmation number will act as an access code to view, change or update application information. If you do not have the confirmation code upon request you will NOT receive information. Any Caseworkers, Power of Attorney, Social Worker’s, etc. that request access to their client’s information must provide the applicants social security number, birth date and confirmation number. Note: Any changes in income, family composition and/or contact information (phone and/or address) MUST be made in writing to the ACHA within 10 days of the change. If you fail to update your contact information within 10 days, you may be removed from the site waiting list and must reapply to be placed on the waiting list again.

Lost Confirmation Numbers:
Lost confirmation numbers can ONLY be requested through submitting a written letter to the Leasing Administrator. Confirmation numbers will be provided through email or U.S Postal mail upon request.
Leasing Administrator
412.402.2641
12th Floor 625 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh Pa, 15222

I have read and reviewed information regarding my confirmation number that I will receive after completing my online application. I understand that without my confirmation number I will be unable to access any of my application information.

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ASSIGNMENT OF BEDROOM SIZES

Number of Bedrooms Number of Persons
  Minimum Maximum
0 1 2
1 1 2
2 2 4
3 3 6
4 4 8

The following guidelines will determine each family’s unit size without overcrowding or over-housing. These standards are based on the assumption that each bedroom will accommodate no more than two (2) persons.

In determining bedroom size, the Allegheny County Housing Authority will include the presence of children to be born to a pregnant woman, children who are in the process of being adopted, children whose custody is being obtained, children currently under a 50% or more joint custody decree, children who are temporarily away at school, or children who are temporarily in foster-care.

In addition, the following considerations may be taken in determining bedroom size:

  1. Children of the same sex share a bedroom, unless there is a six (6) years age difference.
  2. Children of the opposite sex, both under the age of (6) share a bedroom.
  3. Adults and children will not be required to share a bedroom.
  4. Foster–adults and/or foster-children will not be required to share a bedroom with family members.
  5. Live-in aides will get a separate bedroom.

Exceptions to normal bedroom size standards include the following:

  1. Units smaller than assigned through the above guidelines – A family may request a smaller unit size than the guidelines allow. The Allegheny County Housing Authority will allow the smaller size unit so long as generally no more than two (2) people per bedroom are assigned. In such situations, the family will sign a certification stating they understand they will be ineligible for a larger size unit for 3 years or until the family size changes, whichever may occur first.
  2. Units larger than assigned through the above guidelines – A family may request a larger unit size than the guidelines allow. The Allegheny County Housing Authority will allow the larger size unit if the family provides a verified medical or disability-related need that the family be housed in a larger unit.
  3. If there are no families on the waiting list for a larger size, smaller families may be housed if they sign a release form stating they will transfer (at the family’s own expense) to the appropriate size unit when an eligible family needing the larger unit applies. The family transferring will be given a 30 calendar day notice before being required to move.
  4. Larger units may be offered in order to improve the marketing of a development suffering a high vacancy rate.

I have read and reviewed the ACHA policy regarding the assignment of bedroom sizes.

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