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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Housing Authority?

The Highland Park Housing Authority was established by a resolution with the Borough of Highland Park. It was organized as a public housing authority as designed by the State statute; however, the HPHA is neither a City nor a State government agency. The Authority functions under the supervision of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) – Division of Local Government Services.

PUBLIC HOUSING

How many units of public housing does the HPHA manage?

The HPHA owns and operates (1) Asset Management Project (AMP) located within the Borough of Highland Park at two separate sites. One site consists of 100 senior/disabled units and the other 24 family units.

How do I apply for Public Housing?

The Public Housing Family Waiting List is opened on a periodic basis by an advertisement placed in The Home News Tribune. The advertisement will advise prospective applicants how to obtain and complete an application. Once received and processed, all applications will be assigned a number on the waiting list based on eligible preference points and date and time of application received.

Is the public housing waiting list currently open?

Currently, the Public Housing waiting list is open for Senior applicants aged 62 years and older, or 50-61 years of age and permanently disabled. Pick up applications at the 242 South 6th Street office from Monday to Friday between 8AM and 4PM. Or call the office, so that we may mail an application to you.

How can I find my place on the public housing waiting list?

You can call the office during business hours.

How is my rent determined?

Rents are determined based on your income. Your rent will be greater of: 30% of monthly adjusted income, 10% of gross income or HPHA minimum rent.

When do I notify the Housing Authority about changes in my family?

Whenever there is a change in your family – someone moving in, someone moving out, someone having a baby – you must submit notice of the change in writing to the housing manager (active participants must request approval before including any additional adult to their household).

When do I notify the Housing Authority about changes in my income?

Whenever there is a change in your income you must notify us within 10 days. If someone gets a new job or receives a raise, or if someone loses a job, you must contact your public housing manager, preferably in writing, and arrange to have a rent change completed.

 

HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM

What is the Housing Voucher Program?

The Housing Voucher Program helps eligible families afford safe, sanitary and decent housing by paying a portion of the rent directly to the property owner. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates funds to HPHA to support this program. HPHA administers these funds.

How many housing vouchers does the HPHA administer?

HPHA administers more than 145 Section 8 vouchers in the Borough of Highland Park.

How do I apply for Housing Voucher Program?

The Housing Voucher list is opened on a periodic basis by an advertisement placed in The Home News Tribune. The advertisement will direct prospective applicants about how to obtain and complete an application. Once processed, all eligible applicants will be assigned a place on the waiting list based on their eligible number of preference points and the date and time of application.

Is the Housing Voucher waiting list open?

No, currently the Housing Voucher waiting list is closed.

How do I qualify for Housing Voucher Program?

To be eligible for Housing Voucher Program the applicant’s gross annual income must meet certain income requirements, which are established by HUD for each locality and vary by family size.

How can I find my place on the Housing Voucher waiting list?

You can call the office during regular business hours.