FLOWERS COURT

Section 8 Assistance

The Gastonia Housing Authority administers the Section 8 program in Gaston County.  Visit their website at www.ghanc.org for information.

Flowers Court Apartments
51 Flowers Court
Belmont, NC 28012

Management Office
Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Closed on Fridays and holidays)

Lobby/Resource Center:
Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Closed on Fridays and holidays)

Flowers Court Apartments
51 Flowers Court
Belmont, NC 28012

Non-elderly, Elderly
Public Housing

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Closed on Fridays and holidays)

The Lobby and Community Room are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Printed applications and other information is available in the lobby area during these hours.

Flowers Courts Apartments, a public housing property was constructed to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides aid to Belmont Housing Authority to manage Flowers Court for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.


ELIGIBILITY

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. BHA determines your eligibility based on:

  • Your annual gross income
  • Whether you qualify as elderly
  • Whether you are a person with a disability
  • Your family status
  • U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status

If you are eligible, BHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. BHA will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

You must submit a completed application to BHA. This can be done by:

  1. Obtaining a printed application from the property manager whose office is located at 51 Flowers Court and placing in the drop box inside the lobby of the Administrative Building.
  2. Downloading a written application from the BHA website, completing the application and taking to the site where you wish to live

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

You will be required to provide BHA with a criminal report and wage statements and other income documentation for all adult family members and copies of your birth certificate(s) for all family members to verify the information given on your application. BHA will also rely on direct verification from your employer, etc. You will be asked to sign a form to authorize release of pertinent information to BHA.

NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATION STATUS

BHA will send you a letter informing you whether your application was accepted or rejected. If BHA determines that you are eligible, your name will be put on a waiting list. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, BHA will contact you to come in for a briefing. If it is determined that you are ineligible, the letter will explain the reason and you may request an informal hearing.

LEASE

If you are offered a house or apartment and accept it, you will have to sign a lease and pay a security deposit and the first month’s prorated rent. BHA will fully explain the lease and all requirements to you before you move in. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and BHA’s responsibilities as a landlord.

RENT DETERMINATION

Your rent, which is referred to as the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) in this program, is based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow BHA to exclude from annual income the following allowances:

  1. $480 for each dependent
  2. $400 for any elderly family, or a person with a disability
  3. Some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities.

Based on your application, the BHA representative will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income.

Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older. The formula used in determining the resident’s portion of rent (TTP) is the highest of the following, rounded to the nearest dollar:

  1. 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income. (Monthly Adjusted Income is annual income less deductions allowed by the regulations)
  2. 10 percent of monthly income
  3. A minimum rent of $25.00

LENGTH OF STAY IN PUBLIC HOUSING

In general, you may remain at Flowers Courts Apartments as long as you comply with the lease and all other rules and requirements.

Flowers Court Apartment
51 Flowers Court
Belmont, NC 28012
Erica Bobo, Deputy Director
704.825.9376
[email protected]

Flowers Court Apartments consists of fifty apartments on a tree-lined private street ending in a cul-de-sac. Two, three and four bedroom apartments are available. A property manager and maintenance mechanic are on-site from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm during the week except for holidays. The maintenance mechanic is available after hours for emergencies only.

Eligibility Criteria
Flowers Court Apartment
(Public Housing)

-Click here to use the eligibility calculator –

Calculate Your Estimated Annual Gross Income versus HUD’s Income Limits to see if you may qualify for public housing assistance. This calculation is an estimate only. BHA staff will perform an official calculation once you have been found to otherwise qualify. (Gross income must be less than the HUD income limits to qualify for assistance)

Eligibility
The Belmont Housing Authority is responsible for determining the eligibility of every individual and family admitted to the public housing program. Several factors must be verified and may affect the eligibility of the family or individual who is applying for housing assistance.

  1. Must qualify as a family as defined by HUD and the housing authority;
  2. Assistance is limited to low-income families and individuals;
  3. Annual gross income must be below limits set by HUD. Click here to see if you may qualify based on income.
  4. U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. Individuals must qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members. (Family members who declare citizenship or national status must submit a copy of birth certificates for each member of the house);
  5. The head of household must provide social security number information for all family members;
  6. The head of household must consent to the housing authority’s collection and use of family information as provided for in the housing authority provided consent forms;
  7. Current or past behavior of household members must not include activities that are prohibited by HUD or the housing authority. This is verified by criminal and credit reports.

Preferences
Applicants will be placed on the waiting list according to any preference for which they qualify, and the date and time their complete application is received by the housing authority. Belmont Housing Authority has established the following preferences:

  1. Gaston County Residents Elderly/Disabled-4 points
  2. Gaston County Resident Families-3 points
  3. Gaston County Residents Single-2 points
  4. Non Gaston County-1 point

BHA will send written notification of the preliminary eligibility determination within fourteen consecutive calendar days of receiving a complete application.

Placement on the Waiting List
Placement on the public housing waiting list does not indicate that the family is eligible for assistance.  A final determination of eligibility will be made when the family is selected from the waiting list.  Once selected from the waiting list, BHA will check your criminal history, credit history, landlord and other references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. BHA will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.

Income Eligible
The family must have income at or below HUD-specified income limits.  HUD is required by law to set income limits that determine the eligibility of applicants for HUD’s assisted housing programs, including the housing choice voucher program.  The income limits are published annually and are based on HUD estimates of median family income in a particular area or county, with adjustments for the number of persons in a household.  The annual income limits are published at each management office and the BHA Management Office, 51 Flowers Court, Belmont, NC 28012.  Income limits are also available on the HUD User website.

The public housing income limits for Gaston County are as follows:
Low-Income Limits (80% of Area Median Income)

Number of persons in household12345678
Income
Limits
37,65043,00048,40053,75058,05062,35066,65070,950

 

Flowers Court
51 Flowers Court
Belmont, NC 28012
(Family and elderly housing)

Belmont Housing Authority waitlist closed on October 15, 2020. We are not accepting Applications at this time. Applications received after this date will not be processed.

Download the Application and Instructions from this Website

  • Complete the application and any additional required forms. Include all required documentation. BHA cannot accept partial or incomplete applications;
  • Return the application, required documents and all required disclosures and certifications:
    • Hand carry to the Administrative Office at 51 Flowers Court
      • Date stamp the application and place it and any required documentation in the drop box located next to the document rack;
      • Staff will enter your application according the date stamp. The date stamp will determine your position on the waiting list
      • You will be notified when you advance near the top of the waiting list.
    • E-mail the application and any required documentation to [email protected]. The date and time of the e-mail will determine your position on the waiting list
  • Staff will enter your application according the date stamp. The date stamp will determine your position on the waiting list.
  • You will be notified when you advance near the top of the waiting list.

Pick up Application at the Flowers Court Apartments Management Office

  • Obtain a printed application at the Administrative Building (51 Flowers Court). The printed application and instructions are located in the document rack in the lobby. It will be on the wall opposite you as you enter the building;
  • Complete the application in full. BHA cannot accept partial or incomplete applications;
  • Date stamp the application and place it in the drop box located next to the document rack.
  • Staff will enter your application according the date stamp. The date stamp will determine your position on the waiting list.
  • You will be notified when you advance near the top of the waiting list.

Request Application Via E-mail

  • E-mail [email protected], Property Manager and request a copy of the application and application instructions;
  • You will be emailed a copy of the application, application instructions and any additional information that must be submitted;
  • Complete the application in full (BHA cannot accept partial or incomplete applications). E-mail the completed application, disclosures and certifications to BHA;
  • The application information will be entered into the system. The date and time of the e-mail will determine your position on the waiting list;
  • You will be notified when you advance near the top of the waiting list.

As you near the top of the waiting list you will be notified to visit the office to update your application and bring original documents to complete the verification process.

NOTE: Any correspondence from the Belmont Housing Authority does not guarantee that you will be issued a voucher. You must meet all screening criteria that the Belmont Housing Authority uses to determine if you will be issued a voucher.

Flowers Court
(Public Housing)
(Elderly and non-elderly)

Due to workload and call volume BHA staff cannot accept telephone requests for positions on the waiting list. Instead, applicants can find their position by using BHA’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.

Positions may change on a constant basis due to voucher issuance, new applicants being added to the waiting list and/or purging of the waiting list, etc. Therefore, the waiting list is updated on a continuous basis but BHA cannot give you the specific dates when the waiting list will be updated.

To use the IVR system, follow these steps:

  • Dial 704-266-5136
  • To check your position on the waiting list, press 1
  • When “My Waiting List” answers, press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish
  • To enter your social security number, press 1
  • Enter your nine digit social security number
  • The system will read your entry back to you. If it is correct, press 1. To re-enter your social security number, press 2
  • Enter your six digit date of birth in MM/DD/YY format (ex. If your birth day is October 10, 1970- enter 100870)
  • The system will read your entry back to you. If it is correct, press 1. To reenter your date of birth, press 2
  • Hold for waiting list information