Yes, a security deposit is required. Security deposits are different for each bedroom size and each Public Housing community. The Housing Authority will allow residents to make payments over the first four months of their lease in order to pay the security deposit. However, you must pay a minimum of ¼ of the security deposit and all of your first months rent before being allowed to move in to Public Housing.
The Housing Authority may have grant funds to assist with your security deposit through the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program grant. Ask the Public Housing Manager for more information about TBRA funding availability prior to moving in.