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What are my rights in public housing?

Public housing is meant to create safe, affordable rental housing for income-eligible families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees local entities called "Housing Authorities" or HAs, which manage public housing properties.

As a resident of public housing, you have the right to:

  • Live in decent, safe and sanitary housing


  • Have repairs made in a timely manner upon request
  • Be given reasonable notice in writing of any non-emergency inspection or other entry into your apartment
  • Organize as residents without obstruction, harassment, or retaliation from property owners or management
  • Post materials in common areas and provide leaflets to residents of their rights to get involved in a resident organization
  • Use common areas or facilities to organize or consider issues affecting the condition or management practices of the property (may be a HUD-approved fee for use of the facility)
  • Meet with other tenants without the owner or manager present
  • Be recognized by property owners and managers as having a voice in residential community affairs
  • Equal and fair treatment, and use of building services and facilities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status (children under 18), national origin (ethnicity or language), or in some circumstances, age.






Brenda Procter, M.S., State Specialist & Instructor
Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri-Extension





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