Public Housing

The Falmouth Housing Authority (FHA) is a governmental or public body that was created and authorized by the State of Massachusetts to develop and operate housing and housing programs for low-income families. FHA receives its federal operating subsidy for its public housing program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). FHA has entered into an Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) with HUD to administer its federal public housing program and is required to ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations and notices. Housing authorities must develop policies and procedures that support the intent of these requirements to demonstrate consistency and reliability in its program operations.

The Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP) contains information that supports the housing lease(s) and its addendum(s). Examples of lease addendums include, but are not limited to: (1) parking, (2) pets, (3) transfers, and (4) no smoking. HUD allows housing authorities discretion in some areas so there may be a wide range of policies and procedures and the ACOP may not reflect all that are in effect. The goal of the ACOP is to cover many areas of compliance. The ACOP is reviewed and updated on a regular basis and contains policies and procedures regarding certain subjects, such as:

  • Selection and admission of applicants from the public housing authority waiting list
  • Screening of applicants of tenancy
  • Occupancy standards
  • Occupancy policies
  • Assisting families claiming illegal discrimination
  • Informal review/grievance hearing procedures
  • Rent determinations and the use of the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system
  • Violence Against Womens Act (VAWA), and
  • Inspections

We encourage all public housing applicants and residents to review the FHA ACOP.
The Admissions & Continued Occupancy Plan (ACOP) for the Falmouth Housing Authority