“The idea behind public housing is to give low income individuals a decent roof over their heads – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s accessible for even those who qualify.
“As the gap between low income families and affordable housing grows, so do the waiting lists for people who are looking for a modest place to live at a reasonable cost.
“Dan Luckey, executive director of Reading Housing Authority, said city public housing waiting lists are closed.
“‘The waiting list is one to two years,’ Luckey said. ‘We only open them up once and a while.’
“The city has about 1700 public housing units with only 10 to 15 vacancies a month.
“Unlike with welfare benefits there is no magic number that determines whether people qualify for federal public housing assistance through The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
“Qualification depends on the type of program families and individuals apply for and set income limits.”