Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook


Introducing the first Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook in over twenty years! The guidebook is designed to serve as a reference tool to assist public housing staff and HUD with a range of issues related to public housing occupancy, from application and rent calculations through ongoing occupancy to lease termination. Highlighted changes contained in the guidebook include a new method for determining imputed income from assets and earned income disallowance (see Chapter 10 for both changes). Consistent with the Multi-family Housing program, PHAs will now use a national passbook saving rate of two percent. Regarding the earned income disallowance requirement, an earned income disallowance calculator has been developed and will be available on the new Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) web site coming soon. This calculator will serve to complement the new methodology for calculating the disallowance amount and also create records of data that can track the earned income disallowance activity for each participant.

Important Note:

  • Community Service Requirement
    Conforming changes have been made in the Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook to be consistent with PIH Notice 2003-17. PIH Notice 2003-17 encourages PHAs to consider 30 hours of work as the threshold for exempting residents from the community service requirement.
  • Public Housing Passbook Savings Rate
    Another conforming change is related to the passbook savings rate. The Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook suggests that PHAs use a new rate of 2% to be consistent with Multi-Family Housing's passbook savings rate policy. However, as the Office of Housing is updating the passbook savings rate, therefore, PHAs should continue to implement PIH's current policy regarding the passbook savings rate until further notice.


 -   Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook (Adobe PDF, 235 pages)
 -   Introduction letter (Adobe PDF, 1 page)
 -   Appendices 1, 2 (Adobe PDF, 21 pages)
 -   Appendix 3 (Adobe PDF, 31 pages)
 -   Appendices 4-7 (Adobe PDF, 31 pages)
 -   Appendix 8 (Adobe PDF, 78 pages)