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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a local preference for Norwood residents?

The Norwood Housing Authority has a policy of local preference for its housing program wait lists. Local preference is given to Norwood "residents".

Who qualifies as a Norwood resident?

1) Any applicant domiciled in Norwood on the date of the application, the date of the screening, and the date of the final certification (Domicile shall mean that the applicant's permanent address at the time of the application, screening, and final certification, is in Norwood. This definition excludes temporary residence in Norwood or temporary residence with relatives or friends in Norwood at the time of application). There is no duration requirement for permanent residence.

2) Any person employed or about to be employed in Norwood on the date of the application and the date of final certification. This shall include self employed persons who can demonstrate specific arrangements to carry out their employment activity in Norwood. Residence based on employment is not limited to permanent, continuous or full time employment.

Who qualifies for elderly housing?

A household whose head or spouse or sole member is at least 62 years of age for Kevin F. Maguire Housing and Frank L. Walsh Housing. Or at least 60 years of age for state-aided housing at Willow Wood Terrace and Nahatan Village.

Who qualifies as disabled?

For purposes of admission to public housing (24 CFR 912.2) a person who is under a disability as defined by Section 223 of the Social Security Act or in 42 U.S. Code Section 6001(5). In general, disability refers to limitation of the ability to work or presence of certain neurological conditions(see also Handicapped).

Who qualifies for the Veteran Preference?

A person who has served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force for not less than 90 days active service, at least one of which was during the following dates: 4/17/1917 through 11/11/1918; 9/16/1940 through 12/31/1946; 6/25/1950 through 1/31/1955; 8/5/1964 through 5/7/1975; 8/25/1982 through TBD; 12/20/1989 through TBD; or 8/12/1990 through TBD

Who qualifies as a family for the purpose of State Aided Family Housing?

Two or more persons sharing residency whose income and resources are available to meet the family's needs and who are related by blood or marriage. A family may include unrelated persons who will live regularly as part of the family.

What size unit is the family eligible for?

As a general rule, units will be assigned to applicants so that no less than 1 and no more than 2 persons will occupy a bedroom. Spouses/partners are expected to share a bedroom. Children of the same sex are expected to share a bedroom, as are children of the opposite sex under the age of 8. No assignments of units will be made which require use of living room for sleeping.

What is the income eligibility?

To be eligible to live in state aided public housing, a household must typically earn no more than 80% of the area median income. To be eligible to live in federally aided public housing (Kevin F Maguire Housing) or be eligible for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, a household must typically earn no more than 50% of the area median income.

How is rent determined?

The rent that a resident or family pays in public housing is based on household income and whether the costs of utilities are included or not. Residents of elderly/disabled NHA developments pay 30% of adjusted income. Elderly/disbaled development residents pay no utilities. Residents of the NHA family development at Washington Heights pay 27% of their adjusted income and they also pay all utilities.