FAQ's — Finding an EAH Affordable Apartment

Eah Housing, Resident family from Three Oaks Apartments, Walnut Creek

1. Where do I start?

First decide what you need in an apartment home. These are the things to consider before looking:
   ·  Location - what counties or cities would you consider?
   ·  Type - do you need senior, family, student or disabled housing?
   ·  Floor plan - how many bedrooms will you need?
   ·  Other needs -  do you need easy access to public transportation or schools?

2. How do I find properties with wait list openings and available units?

To the left is a link to “Search for an Apartment.”
   · Under the property search, select the County, Type of Housing, and availability you are seeking (wait list or available units).
   · View the property pages that come up to see if any of the properties interest you.

3. How do I know if I qualify?

All EAH properties have different income guidelines. To qualify for a specific property you must fall within those guidelines. Your eligibility is determined according to your household income and assets, and is based on an average income for that particular community.

To find out if you qualify, please contact the property manager for the apartment you are interested in. The property page on the website provides the contact information.

4. How do I get on a waitlist?

Demand for affordable housing is high and supply is low. Often waitlists are long. We recommend you get in touch with property managers to put your name on any lists that you qualify for and meet your needs. Also, please keep advocating for affordable housing in your community!

5. What do I do if there is no waitlist?

Check in with property managers regularly. If a waitlist opens call the property as soon as you can to get an application mailed to you. You may also visit the property to fill out an application. Make sure you submit your application by the deadline.

6. What are common challenges when looking for housing?

•  Credit Check
It can be very difficult to secure a rental without good credit. It is wise to check your credit score and if needed, work on improving the score in advance. That way, when an apartment does become available you are ready to begin the rental process.

If you’ve had problems with your credit in the past, be prepared to address this with the property manager. Demonstrate to them how you have taken steps to improve your credit score. Be proactive about your ability to pay rent. Also provide excellent references to prevent being denied for poor credit.

•  Security Deposit
Do your best to have some money saved for a security deposit or have a source for the money you need at move-in.  Once you are notified that an apartment is available, you will want to secure it quickly.

Since security deposits can be a challenge for those with fixed or modest incomes, it is a great idea to have a plan in advance to avoid missing an available apartment.