Introduction and Statement of Local Objectives
The overall objective of Mount Hope Housing Authority hereinafter referred to as (PHA) is to provide housing for low-income families that is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair, on a continuing basis. The PHA's residents play an important role in the PHA's ability to accomplish this mission. Selection and approval of housing residents and their continued occupancy of units affect rental income, maintenance of dwelling units, safety and security of residents and PHA employees, and the impressions or perceptions that the PHA makes on the general public.
Consequently, it is essential that an authority have written policies and procedures that provide for adequate screening of applicants and for continued occupancy of dwelling units by residents. This policy is also in compliance with the Rental Housing Improved Integrity Program (RHIIP) as set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
This document contains the PHA's policies pertaining to the admissions and continued occupancy of public housing residents. It is organized basically in the order of concerns that responsible PHA staff members encounter in selecting and reexamining residents. These policies include requirements in the Housing Act of 1937, as amended, Tille VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other civil rights requirements, HUD regulations, the Annual Contributions Contract, and state and local laws.
PHA staff members in the housing management area are primarily responsible for implementing the policies contained in the following sections of this document.
In addition to the general statement above, the Admission and Continued Occupancy Policy (hereinafter referred to as the ACOP) is designed to achieve the following objectives:
- To provide improved living conditions for very low-income families while maintaining their rent payments at an affordable level;
- To operate a socially and fiscally sound public housing agency that provides drug-free, decent, safe and sanitary housing with a suitable living environment for residents and their families;
- To avoid concentrations of economically and socially deprived families in any one or all of the PHA's public housing developments;
- To lawfully deny the admission of applicants, or the continued occupancy of residents whose habits and practices reasonably may be expected to adversely affect the health, safety, comfort or welfare of other residents, or, the physical environment of the neighborhood, or, create a danger to PHA employees.