Public Housing for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

HRA owns and/or manages 117 units of state-aided public housing for seniors and people with disabilities in Franklin County. All properties owned or managed by HRA are non-smoking properties. HRA operates a 24 hour emergency response system for maintenance issues in addition to weekly on-site property management. All developments are located in proximity to convenience stores, shops, and restaurants. All developments include community kitchens, community living rooms, and on-site shared laundry facilities.

Program Description

Tenants living in state-aided housing pay 30% of their gross adjusted income as rent. The Department of Housing and Community Development provides subsidy funds to HRA to cover maintenance and operating costs of the housing facilities.


To be eligible for state-aided housing, applicants must be considered elderly, disabled, or both elderly and disabled.

To be considered a senior, an applicant must be at least 60 years of age. An applicant with a disability that will last for more than six months, or permanently, is eligible to apply for housing for persons with disabilities.

Applicants must also meet income eligibility limits; please refer to the Income Eligibility Chart to view the current limits. Please note that the maximum household size for these properties is two (2) household members.

Income Eligibility Chart

Effective 2023

Current Wait List Length

Waiting times vary greatly depending on unit turn-over and priority applications. No wait time estimate should be taken as any form of guarantee. The current average wait time for state-aided housing through HRA is two years.

How to Apply

There are two ways to fill out an application for both Congregate & Family State-Aided Public Housing:

  1. Download and print the PDF applications shown below, or
  2. call us and stop by the office to pick one up.

Application Process

Further Screening Processes

Once it is determined that a household meets basic status and income requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy, federal and state fair housing laws, and regulations set forth by EOHLC. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history (including a sex offender record information check), rental history, credit history and a personal reference check.

Preferences and Priority

Applicants are selected in chronological order by date of completed application. However, preference is given to applicants who are veterans of the United States Armed Services. Preference is also given to racial minorities in compliance with affirmative action laws, and to applicants who reside in the town in which the housing facility is located. Priority may be given if the applicant is homeless through no fault of their own.