The best way to apply for low-income apartments is either to call or visit the housing agency or HUD office in a specific area. Once there, an employee guides individuals through the process of determining eligibility and providing information on what low-income apartments are available in that area.
The local housing agency assists with starting the application process. Applications must be submitted in written form. Certain specific information is necessary to determine eligibility and find an apartment that best suits the applicant's needs. Documents such as birth certificates and proof of income may also be required.
The application requires a current address and phone number; information regarding all individuals who intend to live in the apartment; family circumstances or characteristics, such as veteran status; current and previous landlord contact information; estimated anticipated income; and contact information for current employers and banks.
In many cases, applicants who qualify for low-income apartments have their names put on a waiting list by the housing authority. Once an apartment becomes available, the applicant needs to sign a lease and pay any required deposits, such as a security deposit or pet deposit. Housing agencies have the right to close waiting lists if there is more demand than available housing.