Public Housing Overview

Public Housing Assistance


What is the Public Housing Program?

Public Housing Agencies were established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Public Housing properties come in all sizes and types, from scattered family apartments and houses to high rise apartments for elderly families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents that can afford. The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri owns, operates and maintains over 1,900 Public Housing units throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

Who is eligible for public housing assistance?

Anyone seeking housing assistance in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area is eligible to apply for housing assistance. The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo determines initial eligibility based on four factors: (1) annual gross income, (2) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status(3) local federal preference and (4) criminal record. If determined eligible, the Housing Authority will request references and documentation to assess whether the applicant will make a good tenant. The Housing Authority will deny admission to any applicant who demonstrates negative actions or behaviors which will have a detrimental effect on the Public Housing tenants and environment.

HAKC’s new Prepaid Debit Card Program is here! Effective July 1, 2015, Utility Assistance Payment (UAP) for the Public Housing Program will be deposited directly onto a prepaid card for your convenience! Same payment system for the Section 8 Program coming soon!
Prepaid Card Letter   
Prepaid Card Instructions  

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Public Housing Admission and Continued Occupancy Plan(ACOP)

2022 Utility Allowance Grid


Local Federal Preference 
All admissions to Public Housing will be based upon these local preferences. Within each local preference category, applicants will be ranked by the date and time of their application for Public Housing. 

These local preferences categories, in order of priority:

  1. Working, Work Training Program, Elderly, and Disabled
  2. Homeless, Job Training Program, Housing Factor and Rent Burden
  3. Non-preference.
This authority uses income guidelines established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Below are the guidelines for the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

2022 Income Limits 


Established by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development