The Public Housing program provides low-rent rental housing for eligible low-income families. The Housing Authority owns 244 units ranging from apartments to single-family homes at scattered sites throughout the City of Madera. The Housing Authority is the landlord and selects families to occupy the Public Housing units from a waiting list when there is a vacancy. Families are pulled from the waiting list according to preference, date, and time. Families are reviewed for eligibility, which includes the following criteria:
- Must meet low income limits established by HUD.
- Family member must qualify as a US Citizen or have eligible immigration status.
- Adults must pass a criminal background check.
- Family must pass suitability evaluation: Landlord References and Credit Check.
Residents of the Public Housing program are provided the opportunity to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency program. This program provides families a case worker who will work with them in establishing short and long term goals for employment that will lead them to self-sufficiency. Since 1998 the Housing Authority has assisted 118 families become self-sufficient and of those, 69 purchased homes.