What is Public Housing?

Public Housing was created by the Congress of the United States in 1937 and established to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. In the present day, there are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units and managed by around 3,300 Housing Authorities. The Housing Authorities funds are provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order for the Housing Authorities to provide low-income residents with rent rates they can afford. HUD also provides technical and professional assistance for the Housing Authorities as well as overseeing that they comply with their regulations and the Federal law.

Who is eligible?

To determine eligibility a family’s total income must not exceed the amount provided in the fair market income limits set by HUD for Salem County, New Jersey. The Penns Grove Housing Authority will verify criminal and credit history, and prior landlord verification, in order to determine whether the applicant will be detrimental to the community or other residents. Another requirement is proof of citizenship or immigration status.

The Penns Grove Housing Authority reserves the right to deny admission based on an applicant’s previous criminal/drug activities or due to their previous rental or credit history.

To access the fair market income limits set by HUD please click on the following link and select New Jersey and then Salem County:

How do I apply?

Applications must be requested in person during the business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday with the exception of holidays at the Penn Towers Building located at 40 S. Broad Street, Penns Grove, New Jersey. Applications will only be mailed in the event the applicant lives outside of Salem County.

What documents do I need?

All applications must be submitted with the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of income
  • Photo Identification
  • Citizenship proof

How is the rent calculated?

The amount of rent a tenant will pay is determined by a formula that has been arranged by federal law. The family will pay an estimate of 10 percent of the total family income or 30 percent of the adjusted total family income, whichever is greater, certain exclusions will apply.

What are the rules and regulations of the Penns Grove Housing Authority?

To access our Lease and Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy, please click on the following links:

Is the waiting list open for Public Housing?

Yes, the waiting list is open for public housing. However, the waiting period is based on availability and the number of applicants on the waiting list.