Local Preferences

Our Housing Authority has also established several local preferences, which affect an applicant's position on our Waiting List. To qualify for a preference, one of the following must apply:

Local Preferences [24 CFR 982.207; HCV p. 4-16]

PHAs are permitted to establish local preferences, and to give priority to serving families that meet those criteria. HUD specifically authorizes and places restrictions on certain types of local preferences. HUD also permits the PHA to establish other local preferences, at its discretion. Any local preferences established must be consistent with the PHA plan and the consolidated plan, and must be based on local housing needs and priorities that can be documented by generally accepted data sources.

Preferences will be weighted according to ranking for preference.  Applicants with the same ranking will be placed on the waiting list in order of date and time of received application.

The FCHA uses the following Local Preference System:

(1) Local Preference: In order to provide housing to families who live in Franklin County, FCHA will establish a preference for families who live in or work within Franklin County, where the head, spouse, co-head, or sole member has lived in Franklin County or has worked in Franklin County as listed on application.

(2) Victims of Domestic Violence:  The FCHA will offer a local preference to families that have been subjected to or victimized by a member of the family or household within the past 6 months.  The FCHA will require evidence that the family has been displaced as a result of fleeing violence in the home.  Families are also eligible for this preference if there is proof that the family is currently living in a situation where they are being subjected to, or victimized by, violence in the home.  The following criteria are used to establish a family’s eligibility for this preference:

Actual or threatened physical violence directed against the applicant or the applicant’s family by a spouse or other household member who lives in the unit with the family.

The actual or threatened violence must have occurred within the past 6 months or be of a continuing nature.

An applicant who lives in a violent neighborhood or is fearful of other violence outside the household is not considered involuntarily displaced.

To qualify for this preference, the abuser must still reside in the unit from which the victim was displaced.  The applicant must certify that the abuser will not reside with the applicant unless the FCHA gives prior written approval.

The FCHA will approve the return of the abuser to the household under the following conditions:

The FCHA verifies that the abuser has received therapy or counseling that appears to minimize the likelihood of recurrence of violent behavior.

A counselor, therapist or other appropriate professional recommends in writing that the individual be allowed to reside with the family.

If the abuser returns to the family without approval of the FCHA, the FCHA will deny or terminate assistance for breach of the certification.

At the family’s request, the FCHA will take precautions to ensure that the new location of the family is concealed in cases of domestic abuse.

(3) Working Preference:  Families where the head or spouse currently reside in Franklin County, or has been working in Franklin County, and has been employed for 12 consecutive months, unless they can verify temporary leave of absence due to illness, injury, etc.  This preference also applies to families where the head or spouse is actively attending an accredited college as a full-time student (online classes are not acceptable) designed to prepare the individual for the job market.  This preference is automatically extended to households where the head or spouse is 62 years of age or older, or is a person with disabilities.

(4) Homeless Preference:  Persons who are homeless:  defined as lacking a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence, and have a primary nighttime residence that is supervised by a public or private shelter.  Homeless family does not include any individual imprisoned or detained pursuant to State Law or an Act of Congress.

Homeless families may maintain their place on the waiting list while completing a transitional housing program.

(5) Veterans Preference (1 Point) - households are eligible for the veterans preference if the head, spouse, or co-head is an active service member, a retired service member, or is the surviving household member of a deceased service member.  (A copy of the Veteran's Department of Defense Form DD214 must be submitted to verify the veteran preference).