Housing Authority of Paducah

Housing Authority of Paducah - Anderson
Housing Authority of Paducah


How to Apply


The Housing Authority of Paducah will reopen its public housing waiting list on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 8:30 am, CST. The online application will be available immediately at this time and applicants will be able to apply 24 hours a day at www.paducahhousing.com/rentcafe-pha. Paper applications will be available for pickup at any of our office locations, but completed applications will ONLY be accepted on Tuesdays of each week at the HAP office at 2330 Ohio St. Paducah KY, 42003 from 8:30 am – 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:00 pm on a first come, first served basis. A sign in sheet will be used to track who is next in line. Only completed applications will be accepted. An application is not considered complete without ID’s and social security cards for adult household members, and social security cards and birth certificates for children under 18, along with the signed application. Applications left in our drop box will not be accepted.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list according to the date and time of their application and their unit size based on family composition. We no longer use a preference system. Once an applicant nears the top of the waiting list, they will be contacted by our intake specialist to complete an intake packet. The intake packet will request additional information, such as verification of any income sources, and landlord references. Once the intake packet is completed, applicants are screened, and final eligibility is determined.

The Housing Authority recently moved from site-based waiting lists to a single community wide waiting list. Once you reach the top of the waiting list, you will be offered the first available unit that meets the family’s needs. If that unit is refused, applicants will be offered a second unit at the next available site with a unit that meets the family’s needs. If the second unit is refused, the applicant will be removed from the waiting list and may reapply after 6 months.

Pets are allowed in our units but MUST be pre-approved by HAP with a pet deposit paid before being brought into the unit. Some restrictions apply per the Pet Policy.

Rent is calculated based on income. The income limits for public housing by family size are as follows: One person - $39,850. Two people - $45,550. Three people - $51,250. Four people - $56,900. Five people - $61,500. Six people - $66,050. Seven people - $70,600. Eight people - $75,150. These income limits are expected to be updated by HUD soon.

It is critical to update your contact information in writing when you have changes. Failure to update contact information could result in removal from the waiting list if we are unable to contact you.  



Due to a high number of applicants and excessive wait time, effective Friday, September 30, 2022, at 12:00 pm the Housing Authority of Paducah (HAP) will close its waiting lists and stop accepting applications for new residents until further notice. Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted. This closure will have no effect on applicants currently on the waiting lists or applications currently in process.



The Housing Authority of Paducah (HAP) will open its 1 and 2 bedroom waiting lists and begin accepting applications for these bedroom sizes on Monday, October 12th, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. Our efficiency, 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom, and 5 bedroom waiting list have remained open during the closure of our 1 and 2 bedroom lists, and will continue to remain open. Interested applicants may apply on our website at www.paducahhousing.com/rentcafe-pha. Paper applications are available in the document storage box located on the front of the office building at 2330 Ohio St, Paducah, KY 42003.  Due to restrictions from the novel coronavirus, we will not accept applications in our office at this time. You may drop completed applications off in the drop box located on the front of the office building located at 2330 Ohio St, Paducah, KY 42003. Applications retrieved from the drop box will be stamped as received as of 8:00 A.M. on the date they are retrieved from the drop box. The drop box will be checked daily during normal business hours except for holidays and weekends. Those requesting assistance for a reasonable accommodation may leave a message for the Intake Specialist at 270-450-4210. Please know that this position is currently vacant, and we will return calls as soon as possible, but not immediately.  

Eligibility Criteria


Each head of household must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Applicants may be younger than 18 if married or if they have been legally determined to be an emancipated minor.

  • Families that contain eligible non-citizens (i.e. possess a verifiable Temporary Identification Number (TIN) or other ID from Immigration and Naturalization Service) are eligible for assistance as well as families with U.S. citizenship.
  • Applicants must provide Social Security number verification for all family members or document and certify that the family member does not yet have a Social Security number.
  • Applicant families are subject to thorough background checks including rental and criminal history, credit check, and verification of income.
  • To be eligible for housing the family must have a satisfactory history of meeting financial obligations, especially rent. Applicants must show good landlord references for at least the previous two (2) years
  • Because of the federal "One Strike Policy", you will not be eligible to rent if you have been evicted from housing in the past three years because of drug related possessions or use or for violent criminal activity by any member of the applicant family. If the applicant or any member of the applicant's family was evicted for distribution of drugs or possession with the intent to distribute, then the applicant will be ineligible for a five-year period.
  • Applicants, which the Housing Authority determines currently use an illegal controlled substance or where this is a reasonable cause to believe that the applicant abuses alcohol in a way that may interfere with the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents, will not be eligible for assistance. By policy, such an applicant must be denied admission. Charges on a police report within the last three years will indicate further attention to this matter by the Leasing Department.
Please note the following lifetime ineligibility factors:
  • Any family member who has been convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine (speed) in a public housing development or in a Section 8 assisted property.
  • Any family member falling under a lifetime registration requirement for the state sex offender program.

Income Limits

To be eligible to rent a Housing Authority unit, your family income must be less that shown on this chart.  The income limits are based on the size of your family. These income limits are effective April 15, 2023 .

Person per family 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Maximun income $42200 $48200 $54250 $60250 $65100 $69900 $74750 $79550


Rent at the Housing Authority is based on family income.  This helps residents keep their rent affordable.  Rent is 30% of total family annual income minus any applicable deductions.  Deductions are fixed dollar amounts, which may be subtracted from annual income based on family qualifications. Standard deductions are given to families with children, elderly and disabled households. Based on your application, the HAP leasing staff will determine if any deductions are applicable to your income. Rent will never exceed established fair market rents as set from time to time by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Rent Calculation Worksheet - this will help you estimate what your rent might be.

* Be sure to click on the tabs at the bottom of the worksheet to see definitions and terms that will help you understand what the calculator is asking for.