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Public Housing

Public Housing at Metropolitan Housing Alliance (“MHA”) has taken on many shapes and forms during our existence. From Sunset Terrace, a 74 unit site that was built in the 1940’s to our newest and most modern site, which is Granite Mountain Senior Homes that was completed in 2012, we continue to evolve. In all we operate 11 Public Housing Sites.

MHA develops, owns and operates quality affordable and accessible housing that provides assistance to citizens of Little Rock utilizing various federal, state and local programs. Currently, MHA owns 902 public housing units, 200 affordable housing units, and 158 market-rate units.

MHA offers four Affordable Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households, located in the Little Rock, AR. For waiting list information on each Affordable Housing community, please read below:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between Public Housing and Section 8?

  • Public Housing is managed by local Housing Authority’s. Individuals on the Public Housing Program are assigned a unit owned and operated by the local authority.
  • The Section 8 Voucher Program allows the recipient the ability to locate their own affordable housing across the city.

Can I have a criminal record?

Yes, but MHA has established guidelines to determine the eligibility of applicants who apply that may have a previous criminal record.

If I owe a debt to any assisted housing program, can I still apply?

Yes, but Applicants who owe money to MHA or any other housing authority will not be admitted to the program until their debt is paid in full.

Do you have to have children to apply for housing?

No. Applicants are not required to have children in order to be admitted to the program.

What income requirements do I have to meet in order to be determined eligible for assistance?

HUD establishes income limits and revises them annually to ensure that federal rental assistance is provided only to low-income families (80% of median income). The income limits are based on median income of the geographic area for which the limit is established, and are adjusted for family size.

I am currently on the waiting list for another program. Can I still apply?

Yes, an applicant may apply for any program that has an open waitlist.

Is this assistance transferrable to another city or state?

Public Housing Assistance is not transferable between cities or states.

If I don’t have any income, can I still apply for assistance?


If I don’t have my social security number, can I still apply for assistance?

Yes, but all Applicants who have not provided SSN’s may remain on the waiting list and not deemed eligible until all household members applying for assistance, including those under the age of 6 (six), have submitted valid SSN’s.

What determines how many bedrooms I can get?

Generally two (2) people are expected to share a bedroom. However, when determining bedroom size required, the gender and age of the family members is taken into consideration.

How long will it take for me to receive an offer letter for housing?

The amount of time it takes to receive an offer letter varies from site to site.

How much will my rent be?

The Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is calculated using the following formula:

The greater of 30% of the monthly Adjusted Income or 10% of the monthly Annual Income, but never less than the Minimum Rent ($50.00).

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