Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 27, 2014

Fewer families to be helped

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The Housing Authority of Glasgow won’t be able to assist as many families this year as in 2013 due to a decrease in the income cap.

Statistics show the median income for 2014 has decreased by $600 from 2013, dropping from $51,500 to $50,900, according to Sheri Lee, executive operations officer for the housing authority.

Median income for Barren County had increased from $49,900 in 2012 to $51,500 in 2013, enabling the housing authority to assist more families last year.

“The income limits are set by HUD [U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development] and that is the income limit for families that are eligible for the housing programs we have here,” Lee said.

Housing officials look at income limits when determining if families are eligible for housing programs, such as public housing or the Housing Choice Program, formerly known as Section 8.

The income limit for this year is $25,400 for a family of four who fall into the very low income range.

For a family of four considered to be in the extremely low income range, the income limit is $15,250. The limit for family of four in the low income range is $40,650.

In 2013, the income limits for a family of four were: $25,750, very low; $15,450, extremely low; and $41,200, low. In 2012, the limits for a family of four were: $24,950, very low; $14,950, extremely low; and $39,900; low.  

Income limits determine how many families the housing authority can assist each year and will effect the agency’s waiting lists.

The housing authority currently has 90 people on a waiting list for the Housing Choice Program and 120 on a waiting list for the public housing program. Some of the names appear on both lists, Lee said.

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