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Transfer Information Guide

Chapter 3:Waiting Lists & Good Cause

Site-Based Waiting Lists 

The BHA uses a Site-Based Waiting List for its Family and Elderly/Disabled Developments for non-emergency transfers considered as Internal Applicants or transfers under the Designated Housing program only. The resident may choose any or all development of choice(s), as long as the household meets the housing program’s eligibility requirements listed below.  In addition “Internal Applicants” must successfully complete the final eligibility screening process which includes the review of the criminal record for all household members ages 14 and older.
 
State Family Housing: No restrictions. Anyone may qualify for this program. Rent is 32% of the total household income.
 
State Elderly/Disabled Housing: The Head or Co-head must be either 60 + years of age or Disabled. Rent is 30% of the total household income.
 
Federal Family Housing: At least one household member must have documented legal Immigration Status in the United States (born, naturalized, or lawful permanent resident).  All household members must document their Immigration Status. If all household members have legal Immigration Status the rent will be 30% of the household’s total income or flat rent (Management Office will be able to provide you with the current Flat rent amounts).  If not all household members have legal Immigration Status the rent is pro-rated and the rent may not be more than 50% of the household total income. In this housing program some residents may be require to serve 8 hours monthly of Community Service. Detailed information may be obtained at the Management Office.
 
Federal Elderly/Disabled Housing: At least one household member must have legal Immigration Status in the United States (born, naturalized, or lawful permanent resident) and the Head or Co-Head must be 62 + years of age or Disabled.  All household members must document their Immigration Status. If all household members have legal Immigration Status the rent will be 30% of the household’s total income or flat rent (Management Office will be able to provide you with the current Flat rent amounts).  If not all household members have documented legal Immigration Status the rent is pro-rated and the rent may not be more than 50% of the household total income. In this housing program some residents may be require to serve 8 hours monthly of Community Service. Detailed information may be obtained at the Management Office.
 
There are some exceptions to the Site-Based Waiting List rule as noted below:
 
If the Resident as an Internal Applicant selects developments where their safety may be in danger upon Safety and/or Civil Rights Transfer Request documentation previously provided the Occupancy department may deny the approval of an Internal Applicant to particular areas for safety reasons.  
 

Good Cause 

This is when the resident documents "clear evidence that acceptance of a given offer will result in unusual or undue hardship or handicap (for example, physical inaccessibility to the unit due to severe medical problems.)"
 
Good Cause must be documented fully.  Documenting Good Cause must occur as part of your transfer application. The Authority looks very carefully at Good Cause requests and the TRC may agree to a transfer but may not agree to Good Cause status.