Step 1: Check Eligibility Requirements

Please be sure you meet the eligibility requirements and income limits below.

Applicants must:

  • Qualify as a family
  • Meet citizenship/eligible immigrant criteria
  • Provide documentation of Social Security numbers
  • Must sign consent authorization documents.
  • Meet the Johnson City Housing Authority screening criteria
  • Have an income within the income limits (see table below)

FY 2020 Income Limits Summary

Johnson City, TN MSA, Median income $57,500

2020 Income Limits 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
Very Low (50%) Income Limits ($) 20,150 23,000 25,900 28,750 31,050 33,350 35,650 37,950
Extremely Low Income Limits ($)* 12,760 17,240 21,720 26,200 30,680 33,350* 35,650* 37,950*
Low (80%) Income Limits ($) 32,200 36,800 41,400 46,000 49,700 53,400 57,050 60,750

* The FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act changed the definition of extremely low-income to be the greater of 30/50ths (60 percent) of the Section 8 very low-income limit or the poverty guideline as established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provided that this amount is not greater than the Section 8 50% very low-income limit. Consequently, the extremely low income limits may equal the very low (50%) income limits. Income Limit areas are based on FY 2020 Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas. For information on FMRs, please see our associated FY 2020 Fair Market Rent documentation system. Fair Market Rent documentation system.

Step 2: Download Public Housing Application

To get your name on our public housing waiting list, please download and print the application using the link below. Hard copy applications are available at 901 Pardee Street, Administration Offices.

Public Housing Application


Step 3: Submit Application

Applications accepted by US mail, faxed to 423-232-4789, or emailed to only.

Step 4: Additional Documents

The following will also be needed to complete your application.

  • Proof of identity for all adults in the family
  • Social Security Cards for all family members
  • Birth Certificates for all family members
  • Income statements with account numbers, names and addresses
  • Contact information for current and previous landlords
  • Medical expense report for elderly or disabled family members
  • Proof of marital status