and Ellsworth Housing Authorities offers
two affordable housing programs for qualified
The Public Housing Program was established
to provide decent and safe rental housing
for eligible low-income families, the elderly,
and persons with disabilities. The combined
authorities own 315 units of housing. We
preserve our aging housing stock through
timely maintenance and modernization of
is eligible? Public housing is limited
to low-income families and individuals.
The Housing Authority determines eligibility
based on: 1) annual gross income; 2) whether
you qualify as elderly, a person with a
disability, or as a family; and 3) U.S.
citizenship or eligible immigration status.
If you are eligible, the HA will check your
references to make sure you and your family
will be good tenants. Tenants pay 30% of
their income for rent and utilities.
8 Rental Assistance
Rental Assistance, also known as the Housing
Choice Voucher Program, provides funding
for rent subsidies for eligible families.
Families may select housing of their choice
in Hancock County from a landlord willing
to participate in the program. Rental subsidy
allows families to pay a reasonable share
of their income toward rent and utilities
with the remainder paid by the Housing Authority.
Participants are required by federal law
to submit household income documentation
to determine continued eligibility in the
program. An annual inspection is conducted
by the Housing Authority inspector to insure
compliance with HUD’s Housing Quality