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Frequently Asked Questions

Public Housing

Public housing was established to provide decent, safe, and affordable communities for low income families and individuals. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for residents at rents they can afford. Dayton Housing Authority currently operates 252 units in Dayton, Tennessee and 50 units in Decatur, Tennessee.

Applications are accepted every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our main office at 270 Railroad Street in Dayton, Tennessee.

Apartments are assigned based on the date and time of application. The length of wait time will be estimated at the time of application depending on the availability of public housing units as well as the number of applicants on the waiting list. There is no emergency housing assistance available at this time.

If you are offered an apartment and accept it, the head of household and any other household member eighteen years of age or older, will be required to sign a lease with Dayton Housing Authority. A security deposit of $200.00 is required.

Public housing is limited to income qualified families and individuals. Eligibility criteria include: Annual Gross Income Family background information from current and prior landlords, personal references, and performance meeting financial obligations; particularly rent All family members 18 or older will be subject to a criminal background check. Criminal history may result in denial of your application Rental history based on our screening process. Dayton Housing Authority will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other residents or in the public housing community. Dayton Housing Authority will deny eligibility to any applicant owing money to Dayton Housing Authority or any other housing authority from a prior lease. Applicants owing community service hours may also be denied until completed.

Tenant rent is the greater of: 30% of adjusted gross income 10% of gross monthly income The minimum rent of $50 The current flat rent based on unit size The current ceiling rent based on unit size (same as the flat rent) Household income is reviewed at least annually and rents may be adjusted accordingly.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) assists families renting units owned by private landlords. Dayton Housing Authority subsidizes part of the rent to the landlord so the housing is affordable for the tenant. Families with vouchers are free to find suitable housing in Dayton Housing Authority’s jurisdiction that meets the program requirements of Housing Quality Standards and rent reasonableness. Dayton Housing Authority currently serves up to 408 families in Rhea, Meigs, Bledsoe, and McMinn counties. In certain cases, residents may transfer their vouchers to other areas. A family’s portion of the rent is based on adjusted household income and assistance is the greater of: • 30% of adjusted monthly income • 10% of gross monthly income • A minimum rent of $50.00 After a unit is selected and approved, the family will sign a lease with the owner. Any required security deposits and/or utility deposits will be the responsibility of the tenant.

Families must meet income guidelines and are selected from the waiting list based on date and time. • All family members 18 or older will be subject to a criminal background check. Criminal history may result in denial of your application • Applicants owing money or to Dayton Housing Authority or any other housing authority from a prior tenancy will be denied until the balance is paid in full. All other eligibility criteria will still apply. • Applicants owing community service hours may also be denied until completed.

Applications are accepted every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our main office at 270 Railroad Street in Dayton, Tennessee.

Current government issued photo IDs are required for each family member over the age of 18. Birth certificates are required for each family member under the age of 18 and Social Security cards are required for all family members.

Vouchers are issued based on the date and time of application and the number of available vouchers.


PO Box 257
270 Railroad St.
Dayton, TN 37321

Phone: (423) 775-1871
Fax: (423) 775-2523

Contact by email:  info@daytonhousingauthority.org