What is a Housing Authority?

Housing authorities have been around for many years and was the country's first concerted effort to provide affordable housing to lower income Americans. A housing authority is usually locally based, owns affordable rental units and serves a whole city or county. The Town of Southampton Housing Authority (STHA) was created to help lower income residents afford rental housing according to their incomes.  The STHA owns and operates the Hampton Bays Apartments for low-income seniors and disabled. The STHA receives administrative funding from HUD for each apartment and the tenant portion of the rents to operate and maintain the facility.  The STHA also administers the Town’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program

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1. What is Affordable Housing?
2. Why is Affordable Housing so Important?
3. What is Area Median Income (AMI)?
4. How do I know if my income qualifies me for affordable housing?
5. Where do I apply for affordable homes in Southampton? Where and how do I apply to rent an apartment?
6. Can I buy a house if I have bad credit?
7. What does subsidized housing mean?
8. What is Section 8?
9. Can I apply for Section 8?
10. What is a Housing Authority?
11. I saw a property that was built with LIHTC. What is LIHTC?
12. Do you provide emergency shelter?
13. Do you provide any helpful resources?