Glossary of CPD Terms - L

These are some terms that are specifically related to HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs or functions.

Landholding agency
means a Federal department or agency with statutory authority to control real property.

Lease
means an agreement between either the Department of Health and Human Services for surplus property, or landholding agencies in the case of non-excess properties or properties subject to the Base Closure and Realignment Act (Public Law 100-526; 10 U.S.C. 2687), and the applicant, giving rise to the relationship of lessor and lessee for the use of Federal real property for a term of at least one year under the conditions set forth in the lease document.

Low Income
A household whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD, with adjustments for smaller or larger families. HUD may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 80 percent of the median for the area median on the basis of HUD's findings that such variations are necessary because of prevailing levels of construction costs or fair market rents, or unusually high or low family incomes.

Low- and moderate-income household
means a household having an income equal to or less than the Section 8 low-income limit established by HUD.
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Low- and moderate-income person
means a member of a family having an income equal to or less than the Section 8 low-income limit established by HUD. Unrelated individuals will be considered as one-person families for this purpose.

Lower-Income Rental Assistance (Section 8 Certificates and Vouchers)
HUD assists low- and very low-income families in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary housing in private accommodations by making up the difference between what they can afford and the approved rent for an adequate housing unit.

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