Option 7 – Public Housing Authorities
Housing authorities (also known as HUD) are local government offices in the United States that governs housing within a city or county. They often provide low cost rent/low income or free housing to people in need.
This is a great place for you to check out first to see what they have available. Some housing authorities will have housing for felons available for you to move into. If there is no housing or apartments available, then at least you can get on their waiting list.
Housing authorities will base you rent off how much money you make per year. If your income is below the national poverty level, then you will be given a discounted rate. If your income is far below the poverty level, then you will pay very little or could possibly qualify for free housing. This should not be confused with section 8 HUD housing.
Several the housing authorities out there will have felon friendly apartments, but it is possible that you may have to go through a waiting period. Sometimes this waiting period may range from three, six or twelve months from the time of release or conviction.
Each housing authorities’ policies will vary slightly depending on the state and city that you reside in. Remember that you will want to visit their office as soon as possible since there may be a waiting a list.