Public comment sought on “over income” public housing tenants

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is hearing from the public on whether they should tighten public housing regulations for over income residents.

A federal audit released last year shows that there are families living in public housing across the Midstate who are making thousands of dollars over the income limit.

Under current regulations, as long as the families are under the limit when they apply, they’re allowed to stay in public housing for life.

A recent government survey asked for public opinions on the issue. Most of the 100 plus commenters agreed that public housing should help those who need it.

“There are no regulations or laws requiring authorities to go through an eviction process if people become over income,” says Craig Zumberun, Executive Director of York Housing Authority.

People pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent, or they can opt to pay a flat rent under current regulations.

Others in the survey recommended that over-income tenants get the boot.

Zumberun says they haven’t done that because they don’t have anyone living in properties that are high income; they are simply above the threshold.

The survey ended last week. The HUD will review the comments and decide if it needs to change its rules surrounding over income residents.

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