HUD Modifies Extremely-Low Income Definition

HUD recently published a Notice in the Federal Register modifying the definition of Extremely-Low Income (ELI) for the Section 8 program. Extremely-Low Income families are now defined as families whose incomes do not exceed the higher of:

  • Federal Poverty Level, found here: or
  • 30 percent of Area Median Income

While this change does not affect eligibility of existing residents, it does affect ELI income targeting requirements for the public housing, housing choice voucher (HCV), project-based voucher (PBV), and multifamily project-based Section 8 programs. As of July 1, 2014, compliance with the targeting requirements under each of these programs must take into account the new definition of ELI.

Click here to read the Federal Register Notice.