SENIORS & PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Seniors and persons with disabilities are eligible for affordable housing support as well as reasonable accommodations to afford a handicapped person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit, including public and common use areas.
DHA owns housing properties that are designed to accommodate seniors (persons age 62 and older), near elderly (age 55 to 61) and persons with disabilities. DHA also offers opportunities for seniors and persons with disabilities to reside in our family properties.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?
- Have an annual income at the time of admission that does not exceed the HUD income limits
- Pass a criminal background screening
- Provide acceptable documentation of Social Security numbers for all family members except those who do not contest their immigration status
- Cannot owe money to DHA or any other housing authority in connection with any federal housing program
- Meet the applicant selection criteria
- Are not already adequately housed in any public housing authority-owned dwelling unit
DHA OWNS PROPERTIES DEDICATED FOR OCCUPANCY BY SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
These properties tend to be mid and high-rise buildings with elevators and common areas for planned social activities.
If you are interested in applying for housing assistance you can submit a preliminary application on the Applicant Portal.
If you have already applied, you can use the Applicant Portal to check on the status of your application.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY SHELTER OR ARE IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION, HERE ARE SOME RESOURCES FOR YOU:
FOR THOSE FLEEING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUPPORT FOR SENIORS & PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
DHA accepts applications for its public and assisted housing programs online through its Applicant Portal during open enrollment. Persons in need of assistance can apply on a computer kiosk at DHA. Persons with a disability who are homebound or don’t have access to a computer may apply in-person at DHA Services HQ and request assistance.
No. However, an applicant in need of assistance can ask a trusted friend or family member to assist them with completing their application online.
The need for affordable housing far exceeds the available supply of financial assistance. As a result, public housing agencies assist as many households as their allocation of funding can serve and maintains a waiting list for those it hopes to serve in the future. While the waiting time will vary with each agency rest assured the public housing agency will contact you as soon as possible.
However, at DHA preliminary applications remain active/valid up to 18 months. If you have not been selected for a voucher within 18 months you will need to re-apply.
DHA does not have resources to address emergency housing needs; however, DHA provides a list of resources in the Dallas community such as emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, etc. Please find a list of those resources on this page.
In general, housing agencies are not permitted to inquire about a disability or medical history of applicants or clients; however, there are some instances when DHA is permitted to require verification of the presence of a disability.
– One instance occurs when an applicant or client claims an elderly or disability allowance on income.
– A second instance occurs when a client or applicant applies to reside in a mixed population development specifically intended for elderly residents, or people with disabilities.
In these two cases, DHA will verify the presence of a disability through third-party verification. Finally, when an applicant or client requests a reasonable accommodation, DHA will verify both the presence of a disability and ensure it properly supports the requested accommodation through third-party verification.
Typically, a person that receives Social Security Disability benefits is considered to have met the federal definition of persons with a qualifying disability.
Persons that are age 62 and older are considered senior citizens. Persons who are age 50-62 are considered ‘near-elderly’ and may be eligible for additional resources.
Yes. Persons with a disability who require assistance from a live-in attendant may submit a notice to DHA requesting a reasonable accommodation for a live-in aide. After review of information provided, DHA may approve the requested accommodation and authorize program participants to have a live-in aide, who has passed a criminal background check.
Persons with a disability may request to have an assistance animal reside with them in the public or assisted dwelling unit as a reasonable accommodation. All reasonable accommodations are subject to verification of disability and that it corresponds with the requested accommodation.
Assistance animals are not pets, and therefore not subject to a deposit; however, DHA may require a client to cover the costs of repairs for damage the animal causes to the dwelling unit, reasonable wear and tear excepted.
Residents with assistance animals must comply with all of the terms of the lease.
An assistance animal is not a pet. It is an animal that works, provides, assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.
Pets do require a deposit, which is calculated upon the number of bedrooms in your unit. The pet fee is $100 per bedroom that is non-refundable to cover cleaning costs for the unit. For example, if you are leasing a two-bedroom unit, your pet fee will be $200.
DHA owns and operates several dedicated apartment communities for seniors. You can explore these senior communities in the Property Profiles section.
No. DHA does not charge applicants or program participants to apply for any of its housing services.
Yes, you can apply with zero income, however DHA requires each resident pay a minimum rent each month. Applicants must also meet all other program eligibility requirements. Clients who have zero income and are living in DHA-owned properties are subject to verification of income every 90 days. Housing Choice Voucher clients who have zero income are subject to verification of income every 120 days. Income verification timing applies as long as the client has zero income.
After a pre-application is selected from the waiting list, the applicant then completes a full application. At this stage of the eligibility review, applicants can be denied admission for various reasons including, but not limited to:
– having household income that exceeds the income limits
– failure to provide all information requested by DHA
– providing false or misleading information
– failure to respond to requests for information and/or deadlines
– failing to pass a criminal background screening
Yes. For example, DHA assists households that consist of grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Your housing assistance is determined by your family composition. If your family composition changes, the unit size your family is qualified to live in may change. Please refer to the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy for additional information.