Congress passed the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 that required HUD to enforce the Community Service Requirement for public housing residents. As a resident of public housing with the Housing Authority of Owensboro, all adults (18 years of age and older) on your lease will be required to perform community service for any month they are not exempt.
Learn more about community service by downloading the HAO Community Service brochure or read the frequently asked questions below.
Who is exempt?
- Adults may claim an exemption if they are:
- Age 62 or older
- Blind or disable according to 1614 of the Social Security Act
- A documented primary caretaker for someone who is blind or disabled under 1614 of the Social Security Act
- Is engaged in a work activity as defined in Section 407d of the Social Security Act
- A resident who is a listed member of a family receiving assistance under SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/food stamps) and the household is in compliance with the SNAP program
What is community service?
Community Service is defined by HUD as any program designed to encourage, assist, train or facilitate economic independence of assisted families or to provide work for such families. Community service or self-sufficiency programs can include job training, employment counseling, work placement, basic skills training, education, English proficiency, financial or household management, apprenticeship or any program necessary to ready a participant for work.
What is the requirement?
Each adult in the household who is not exempt is required to do eight (8) hours of community service for each month they are not exempt. This has to be 8 hours each month. You can’t do 96 hours in one month and count them for the year. It is the responsibility of the resident to know which months they must participate.
How do I verify my community service?
Print and complete the Community Service Timesheet, or obtain a form from the Housing Authority of Owensboro office. Timesheets must be completed by persons supervising the community service program you have chosen and must include the date and time you performed the service, the location and description of the service you performed and a signature of an authorized person. Friends and family are not allowed to verify your community service. Participants are responsible for keeping track and verifying all community service hours completed. If you are subject to any Community Service hours, you must turn in proof of compliance at least 45 days prior to the expiration of your initial one-year lease term.
What if I don’t meet the community service requirement?
The Housing Authority of Owensboro will review all residents subject to the requirements of community service at least 45-days before their lease renewal date to determine compliance. If a resident has not fulfilled the requirement, the resident must sign an agreement to make up the hours or the lease will not be renewed.
What if I have questions?
Please contact us if you have any questions.