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Affordable Housing Rental Search Strategies

From the NonProfit Housing Coalition of Northern California:

How to Find Affordable Housing
Step 1. Where to look


Non-Profit Housing
Non-profit housing developments have high-quality homes that are well-designed and managed. Tenants are carefully screened and asked to meet a standard set of requirements.

You must be capable of assuming certain responsibilities, such as paying the rent on time, taking care of the unit properly, avoiding criminal activity, complying with necessary house rules, and not interfering with other tenants. Some non-profits offer social services on site, including youth activities, job training, and senior services. Find out about non-profit housing opportunities by contacting the organizations listed at the end of this document.

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Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by cities and counties through local housing authorities, each with different guidelines. In most cases, participants pay 30 percent of their income on rent, and the

Section 8 Certificate or Voucher covers the difference between that and the cost of the apartment. To qualify your income must not be more than 50 percent of the median for your area,
based on the HUD guidelines.

Contact your local housing authority for more information. Furthermore, many landlords are finding that this program is a valuable resource that allows competitive rents and offers prompt rental payments. Be proactive in seeking out landlords who accept vouchers.


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Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Laughing Hearts September 19, 2016 9:17 PM Amos Alan L.
Sharing Shuttle January 28, 2015 8:21 AM Raines C.
Affordable Housing Rental Search Strategies September 16, 2014 8:45 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Intentional Family Commmunity September 4, 2014 1:31 PM Raines C.
Dwight House Vision and Values Statement February 3, 2014 12:57 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Tree of Light Collective Flyer February 5, 2014 5:35 PM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Motive Collective October 24, 2013 5:46 AM Raines C.
MakerFaire September 2, 2013 2:40 PM Raines C.
Cal Street Cohousing March 11, 2016 11:00 AM former member
How Much House Can You Afford? April 1, 2013 9:28 PM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
RavenHouse November 5, 2012 3:11 PM Raines C.
Other Fairview House Sublet October 13, 2012 8:15 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.

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