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Chickasaw Housing Authority

Chickasaw, Alabama

Frequently Asked Questions General Q:  Does the Chickasaw Housing Authority operate the Section 8 Program. A:  No, the Chickasaw Housing Authority only operates the Public Housing Program.  If you are interested in the Section 8 Program within Mobile County, you can contact Prichard Housing Authority, Mobile Housing Board, or Mobile County Housing Authority.  Contact numbers for these agencies are listed in the phone book. Q:  How old do you have to be to apply for housing? A:  Nineteen is the minimum age to sign a contract (such as a lease) in the State of Alabama.  Q:  How old do I have to be to qualify to live in senior housing? A:  Sixty-two is the minimum age to qualify for senior housing. Q:  Do I have to be a resident of the City of Chickasaw to be assisted? A:  No Q:  Do you have emergency housing? A:  No.  There are no provisions in our policies that allow someone with an emergency to move in before someone else.  You must be determined eligible first and then you will be housed in accordance to your position on the waiting list.  Q:  I am homeless, can you help me immediately? A:  No.  There are no provisions in our policies that allow someone who is homeless to move in before someone else.  You must be determined eligible first and then you will be housed in accordance to your position on the waiting list. Q:  My family is soon to be evicted, can you help me immediately? A:  There are no provisions in our policies that allow someone that is being evicted to move in before someone else.  You must be determined eligible first and then you will be housed in accordance to your position on the waiting list. Q:  How long is the waiting list? A:  The Chickasaw Housing Authority’s waiting lists are organized by family or senior housing and bedroom size.  The length of time it takes to reach the top of a waiting list will depend on the size of the family, the family’s circumstances, and the availability of housing that meets the family’s needs. Q:  I called a week ago and I was number 8 on the waiting list and now I am number 10.  What happened? A:  The Chickasaw Housing Authority’s waiting lists are not just sorted by the date the application is placed.  Local preferences are used to determine waiting list status.  In an effort to encourage self-sufficiency, preference is given to family’s with wage, social security or disability income.  However, do not be discouraged!  Eventually, all families that qualify for assistance are housed. Q:  Does my income have to be below a certain amount for me to qualify for assistance? A:  Yes, there are HUD income limits that are posted and updated annually. Q:  What if I owe money to creditors or have a criminal record, can I still be housed? A:  Every applicant is subjected and evaluated according to the Chickasaw Housing Authority’s screening procedure, which includes criminal background check, credit history and former tenancy history.  Negative histories related to these criteria may result in application cancellation.  If you owe money to the Chickasaw Housing Authority, the balance must be paid in full prior to determining eligibility for assistance.  Vehicles Q:  Once I move in to my new apartment, what do I have to do to get a parking permit for my vehicle? A:  The Chickasaw Housing Authority issues parking permits for all motorized vehicles (including motorcycles) that will be parked on streets within the Housing Authority.  Parking permits are only issued to Housing Authority residents.  Vehicles must be in mechanically operable condition.  Individuals applying for parking permits must be able to show that they can legally operate a vehicle on public streets.  This includes having a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, valid license plate and liability insurance. Q:  Where can I park? A:  The Chickasaw Housing Authority does not assign parking spaces.  Please use common courtesy and park in an area adjacent to your apartment.  Only street side parking is permitted.  If you park your vehicle on a sidewalk, in the grass, or any other undesignated area, you will be fined and/or your vehicle will be towed at your expense. Q:  Can I wash my vehicle on Chickasaw Housing Authority property? A:  No.  Any resident found to be washing a vehicle on Housing Authority property will be fined. Q:  Can I repair my vehicle on Chickasaw Housing Authority property? A:  No. Housekeeping Q:  What will happen if my apartment is poorly kept? A:  If your apartment is dirty, cluttered or otherwise poorly attended, you will be warned and expected to correct the problem immediately.  If the problem is not corrected and continues, you may be evicted under the terms of your lease agreement for failure to maintain your apartment. Q:  Can I have a pet? A:  Pets are allowed on a very limited basis with the addition of a pet addendum to your lease. Lease Violations Q:  Why are some residents evicted? A:  When residents commit criminal activity, fail to pay rent, destroy Housing Authority property, or violate other terms of their lease agreement, the Chickasaw Housing Authority may seek an eviction. Q:  What are considered serious lease violations? A:  Criminal activity, fraud, failure to report changes in income or family size accurately and/or timely, destruction of Housing Authority property, poor housekeeping, fighting or other violent activity,  threatening the health or general well being of other residents and/or staff are some examples of serious lease violations that may result in eviction. Q:  What about illegal drug and/or alcohol abuse? A:  The Chickasaw Housing Authority will evict any resident who engages in illegal drug use or drug related criminal activity.  Residents can also be evicted for alcohol abuse if it adversely affects other resident’s health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises.
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