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Public Housing

Public or assisted housing was created by the Congress of the United States in 1937. Its purpose was to provide decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing to families unable to pay market-rate rents. The assistance was to be temporary in nature and structured to allow residents to move in, move up and move out. Today, there are approximately 1.5 million U.S. households residing in public housing units, managed and maintained by over 3,000 local housing authorities and funded on an annual basis by Congress. The funds are distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which also provides technical assistance and oversees compliance by the authorities of Federal law and regulations.

FMHA accepts applications for Public Housing every 3rd Wednesday of the month between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

To place an online application, click the "applicant portal," then select "click here to register," and click "I do not have a registration code."

You must follow the prompts to create an account and then complete your pre-application. You will receive confirmation emails once your pre-application is complete.

Be sure to follow the instructions in the email you receive, as ADDITIONAL STEPS ARE REQUIRED to complete your pre-application.

Upon completion of your Pre-Application, you must do the following:

  1. Sign and date the Authorization for the Release of Information in the space indicated. Your signature on this form allows FMHA to receive information from others to process your application for public housing.

  2. Provide a copy of the following for each person who will reside in the public housing unit:
    • Certified Birth Certificate
    • Social Security Card
    • Current Photo ID (for anyone 18 years and older)
    • Those who are not US Citizens, please provide a copy of your Green Card

  3. Sign and date the Rental History verification form. DO NOT COMPLETE ANY OTHER SECTION OF THIS FORM. Do not give to the landlord to complete!

  4. Complete the Rental History Questionnaire in its entirety. Include ALL requested information.

  5. Complete and sign the Supplement to Application for Federally Assisted Housing form in its entirety. 
  • Return all documents to FMHA by bringing them to 803-J Stamper Road, Fayetteville, NC (Eutaw Shopping Center - Enter through the Business Center) Place the documents in the drop box. You must place the documents in the drop box in order for your application to be processed. DO NOT RING THE DOORBELL. Email all documents to


If you have any changes (mailing address, telephone number, email, income, or household size), it is your responsibility to contact our office within 10 days of the change to ensure that your information is always current, or you will be removed from the waiting list.

If you have any questions, please or call 910.483.6980.

The total household income determines the eligibility of families or individuals. There are programs designed to serve the elderly and handicapped who fall within income limits. Other requirements include citizenship and/or immigration status. 

If you are eligible, the Housing Authority must verify all the information regarding household members and income. We will check all references, including criminal history, credit, and previous landlords, to make certain that your admission will not be detrimental to the community or to other residents. In some instances, we are required to deny admission for the previous criminal and/or drug activity. We reserve the right to deny admission for prior rental history.