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Public Housing

Conventional Public Housing Program

The Conventional Public Housing Program provides rental assistance to low and moderate-income families and individuals. The Housing Authority of the County of Merced (Housing Authority) owns and manages 421 public housing units consist of a variety of apartments, duplexes and single-family homes Participation in the Public Housing Program requires that a pre-application be submitted to determine eligibility for the program.

The Housing Authority uses income limits developed and set by HUD for the county that is used when determining family eligibility for rental assistance

Director of Housing Programs
Blanca Arrate

Main Office Phone: (209) 722-3501
Fax No.: (209) 722-8954

Effective 4/01/21
Number of Persons in Household Poverty Guidelines Extremely Low Income as published by HUD Very Low Income as published by HUD Low Income as published by HUD
1 12,880 14,650 24,400 39,050
2 17,420 17,420 27,900 44,600
3 21,960 21,960 31,400 50,200
4 26,500 26,500 34,850 55,750
5 31,040 31,040 37,650 60,250
6 35,580 35,580 40,450 64,700
7 40,120 40,120 43,250 69,150
8 44,660 44,660 46,050 73,600
9 49,200 48,800 48,800 78,050
10 53,740 51,600 51,600 82,550
11 58,280 54,400 54,400 87,000
12 62,820 57,200 57,200 91,450
Median Income for Merced County is:  $66,400

“Once on the Waiting List, it is important that any changes of address, income or family composition is done through the Authority Online Portal.  Failure to do so may result in removal from the Waiting List.”

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) PIH Notices – COVID-19 Statutory & Regulatory Waivers and Alternative Requirements

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued additional PIH notices pertaining to COVID-19 waivers. This notice remains in effect until amended, superseded, or rescinded.

Pursuant to the authority provided under the CARES Act, HUD is waiving and establishing alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Public Housing (PH) Program and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. These waivers provide administrative flexibility and relief to PHAs in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.

In accordance with the notice, the Authority is making available the waivers that we will adopt at this time.  Please find below a link to the PIH Notices as well as the list of waivers that the Authority has adopted.