Public Housing

The Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County (HACPFC) and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and have partnered to provide affordable housing for individuals and families. HUD provides rental subsidy for Public Housing units owned and managed by HACPFC. These units are located throughout the City of Pasco and vary in size from one to six-bedrooms and are found in single family dwellings, duplexes, four-plexes, row housing and a six-story high rise. In most cases, tenants pay no more than 30% of their household’s monthly income for rent and utilities.


Who is Eligible?

Anyone is welcome to apply. Public Housing is limited to extremely low-income families and individuals. HACPFC determines each applicant’s eligibility based upon several factors, including the following:


Applicants must have an annual household income at or below the extremely low- income limits – 30% of Median Income (AMI) for the Tri-Cities Metropolitan Area as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

FY 2019 Income Limits – Franklin County
Extremely Low-Income (30% of AMI)

Franklin County
Area Median Income: $78,000
Family Size 2019 Income Limit Category
(30% of AMI)
(50% of AMI)
(80% of AMI)
1 16,400 27,300 43,700
2 18,750 31,200 49,950
3 21,330 35,100 56,200
4 25,750 39,000 62,400
5 30,170 42,150 67,400
6 34,590 45,250 72,400
7 39,010 48,400 77,400
8 43,430 51,500 82,400

  Money, property, and other goods having value are taken into account when income is calculated. Income created from assets is included the determination of eligibility, but the actual value of the assets is not. For example, if an applicant has money in a savings account, that money will not be added to the applicant’s income. However, if the applicant earns interest from the money in that savings account, the interest will be considered part of the applicant’s annual income.

Debt owed to HACPFC or other housing provider

HACPFC will deny the application of an individual/family who owes money to HACPFC, another housing authority, landlord, or other housing provider. This denial will remain in place until the applicant can prove that the debt has been paid in full.

Immigration status

Applicants are not required to be citizens of the United States but their application will not be accepted unless at least one family member included on the application is a citizen, or has eligible immigration status.

Criminal history

When an application nears the top of a wait list, HACPFC runs a criminal history check for each Public Housing applicant and every household member over the age of 18. If the criminal history check indicates that the applicant, or any member(s) of the household, may not be a suitable resident, the application may be denied. Applicants are automatically denied for certain crimes including, but not limited to:

  • Current use or recent convictions involving illegal drugs;
  • Methamphetamine production on or off housing authority property;
  • Sexual offenses requiring sex offender registration;
  • A pattern of alcohol abuse with disruptive and/or criminal behavior;
  • Any crimes that indicate habitual criminal behavior.

While a criminal record will not automatically exclude an applicant from   consideration, it is an important criteria. In determining eligibility, HACPFC will consider an applicant’s arrest record, but place greater emphasis on actual convictions.

Previous termination from the program

HACPFC will automatically deny an application if any household member has been terminated from any Public Housing program in the past five years.

If an applicant is deemed eligible, HACPFC staff will check the applicant’s references from previous landlords. HACPFC will deny admission to any applicant who has a documented history of causing problems with neighbors or disruptions within neighborhoods. Admission will be denied for those found to have caused excessive damage to property owned by previous housing providers.

How to Apply

How to Apply for Public Housing at the Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County (HACPFC):

In order for an application to be placed on the appropriate wait list, the applicant is required to provide:

  • Photo Identification (ID) for All Adults (examples of picture ID include: State issued driver’s license or ID card, passport, etc.)
  • Birth Certificates for all household members
  • Social Security Cards for all household members
  • Immigration Card for all household members (if applicable)
  • Verification of Income and/or Employment for all household members
  • Bank Account Verification for all household members
  • Vehicle registration(s) for all household members

Interested parties may obtain application forms at HACPFC’s administration office during regular business hours or the application may be downloaded from our Forms page.

Below is a list of additional information needed to process housing applications, as well as information on how applications are screened for eligibility.

Housing Application – Solicitudes De Vivienda

Completed applications must be returned to HACPFC in person during regular business hours. Applications must be filled out completely in order to be accepted by HACPFC for processing. If an application is incomplete, HACPFC will notify the family of the additional information required.  Where it is medically or geographically impossible for the applicant to submit an application in person, HACPFC will accept applications received via U.S. Mail (or other delivery service such as UPS or FedEx) or through the assistance of another agency.


Housing Authorities are permitted to establish local preferences to give priority to applicants that meet the preference criteria. HUD specifically authorizes and places restrictions on certain types of local preferences. Any local preferences established must be consistent with the annual plan and the consolidated plan, and must be based on local housing needs and priorities that can be documented by generally accepted data sources [24 CFR 960.206(a)].

HACPFC will use the following local preferences:

Elderly or Disabled

Elderly family. A family whose head, cohead, spouse, or sole member is a  person who is at least 62 years of age; two or more persons who are at least 62  years of age living together; or one or more persons who are at least 62 years of  age living with one or more live-in aides.

Disabled family. A family whose head, cohead, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities; two or more persons with disabilities living together; or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides.

Working Families

In order to bring higher income families into Public Housing, HACPFC has established a preference for working families, where the head, spouse, cohead, or  sole member is employed at least 20 hours per week for at least ninety (90) days.  HUD requires that families where the head and spouse, or sole member is a person age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities, will also be given the benefit of the working preference [24 CFR 960.206(b)(2)].

Veteran Status

HACPFC also employs an admission preference for applicants who are veterans of United States military service who have been discharged or released, other than dishonorably, or are the unmarried spouse of a service person killed while in the active service military of the United States.

The Wait List

After a completed Public Housing application is submitted, it will be placed on the wait list appropriate for the number of bedrooms needed for the household. Wait times on each list vary according to the number of applications on the wait list and the local preferences assigned to each application. Wait times can vary from six months to two years.

HACPFC will contact the applicant by mail when their application nears the top of a wait list. The applicant will be required to update household information such as income and family composition. Criminal history checks will be performed. Once the screening process is completed, HACPFC will contact the applicant when a unit becomes available.

Applicants should make every effort to ensure HACPFC has their current mailing address and telephone number so when their application reaches the top of the wait list, they can be easily contacted.

Public Housing Policies

Policies of the Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County are reviewed and adopted by its Board of Commissioners.

The policies shown here are ones most frequently requested.