Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (such as the Memphis Housing Authority) that manages the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.
MHA is responsible for the management and operation of its local public housing program as follows:
- Assures compliance with leases. The lease must be signed by both parties; Sets charges such as security deposit, excess utility consumption, and damages to unit
- Perform periodic reexaminations of the family's income at least once every 12 months
- Transfers families from one unit to another, in order to correct over/under crowding, repair or renovate a dwelling, or because of a resident's request to be transferred
- Terminates leases when necessary
- Maintains its developments in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition