Under federal law, residents in public housing programs must declare whether they are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or have eligible immigration status.
If you and all of your household’s members are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or have eligible immigration status, you may be eligible. If you or one or more of your household members cannot, or do not, fall into of one these categories, you may not necessarily not be eligible.
Verifying immigration or citizenship status
Form I-551 (Alien Registration Card)
Form I-94 (Arrival Departure Record); if submitted, must be annotated with or accompanied by one of the following:
o Admitted as a Refugee pursuant to Section 207
o Section 208 or Asylum
o Section 243(h) or Deportation stayed by Attorney General
o Paroled pursuant to Section 212(d)(5) of the INA
o A final court decision granting asylum
o A letter from the INS asylum officer, or from the INS
o A court decision granting withholding of deportation
o A letter from an INS asylum officer granting withholding of deportation
o A receipt from INS indicating the application for issuance of a replacement document for one of the above.
When one or more family members cannot claim to be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or have eligible immigration status
The law allows “mixed” families to reside in public housing, where at least one member of a household has eligible immigration status.