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Housing Information

Housing Units
Salem Housing has 150 Units. This includes 36 units for families and 114 units for elderly/disabled families.

The Family Units include:
 4  1-Bedroom Units
18  2-Bedroom Units
14  3-Bedroom Units
 The Elderly/Disabled Units include:
32  Efficiency Units(Studio)
80  1-Bedroom Units
 2  2-Bedroom Units

*The apartments are totally electric and furnished with stove, refrigerator, air conditioning and wall/baseboard heaters.
*The apartments have washer hook-ups and dryer vents with 220 outlets. Efficiency/handicap apartments have 110 dryer outlets - these are in the process of being upgraded to 220.
*The Housing Authority furnishes the Internet, water, sewer, and trash pick-up. The tenants are responsible for the payment of electric (that exceeds the utility allowance in KWH), TV cable(see below), telephone. Some tenants may never receive an electric bill if they conserve electric!
*The Housing Authority is responsible for the monthly bulk cable payment to Fidelity Communications. The tenant pays a small fee of $25 for the MEGA view package that is in addition to their monthly rent charge. If the tenant wishes to have any additional channels, they are responsible for the remaining cost payable to Fidelity Communications.

Selection of Tenants
The tenants are selected using the date and time of their application. See Tenant Section Criteria Policy.
Income & Rent
The rent is calculated according to federal regulations and must be recalculated any time the income or family dynamic changes. 
Annual income is the anticipated total money from all sources received by the family head and spouse(even if temporarily absent) and by each additional member of the family/household, including all income derived from assets for the 12-month period following the effective date of certification(lease date). All income is verified with the income source. If unreported income is found, this can result in termination of your lease and/or a repayment agreement.
1. $480 for each member of the family residing in the household (other than the head of household or spouse) who is under the age of 18, is disabled/handicapped or is a full-time student of any age.
2. $400 for any elderly family
3. Medical expenses in excess of 3% of annual family income of any elderly, handicapped or disabled family.
4. Reasonable child care expenses necessary to enable another family member to be employed or to further his or her education.
5.Gross rent is 30% of adjusted monthly income or a Fair Market Flat Rate.

Annual Re-Certification
The Housing Authority is required by federal regulations to review the income and family size at least once a year. This is done to assure that they are paying the correct amount of rent based on their income and that their apartment is appropriate for the family size.  The PHA will notify them of this re-certification before the initial move-in date.
The PHA is required to make regular inspections of the apartments to be sure that it still meets basic Housing Quality Standards. The inspection is NOT a good time for tenants to inform the PHA of any concerns about the conditions of the apartment or maintenance problems. This should be done as issues arise. Problems can be called into the office and a Work Order will be made to correct them. Prior notice will be given of the dates and times that the regular inspections will be scheduled.  

Security Deposits
A security deposit is collected from tenants at time of move-in. Either $200 or same as first months rent (depending on the program they enter). Autumnwood or Bright Meadows.

Residents are permitted to have a pet (dog or cat) as long as they follow the Pet Policy. A Security Deposit of $200 is required. Pets must meet the criteria of the pet policy and be pre-approved thru the Housing Office before going into the apartment.
Drug-Related or Violent Criminal Activity
"One Strike and You're Out" Policy provides authority to PHAs in the areas of screening, lease enforcement and eviction to better help fight crime in the Public Housing communities. This policy enhances the ability and efforts of PHAs to develop AND enforce stricter screening and eviction policies as a part of their anti-drug and anti-crime initiatives. It also gives the PHAs new authority to deny occupancy on their basis of illegal use of controlled substances or alcohol abuse. Such use or abuse leads to behavior that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.  Drug-related crime and violet crime are increasing everywhere across the country. Federal regulations provide for termination of lease to those who participate in these activities. A person does not have to be arrested or convicted in order for their lease to be terminated.
The Housing Authority is responsible for the upkeep of the yard and surrounding area. Tenants can use up to 3 feet in front and beside the apartment, however, they must be able to maintain them in a neat and groomed manner. Absolutely NO vegetation, vines, bushes or trees can grow on the building.

Operation of The Housing Authority
The responsibility for the operations and administration of the program is handled by the Executive Director and the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor for a 4-year term. The current Board consists of:
Joe Brand: Chairman
Rose Kinerk: Vice-Chairman
Gary Brown: Member
Wanda Henson: Member
Richard LaBrash Sr.: Member
Sherman Odom: Member