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Application Tips

Here are some strategies and things to remember when applying for Home Forward housing waitlists.

The Katherine Gray

In most cases, you may only apply when a community has an open waitlist. The estimated waiting time can range from a year to several years for some apartments.

Visit the Waitlists page on this site to see which communities are accepting applications. We usually open a waiting list once the wait time for that community is shorter than 12-18 months.

You may qualify to apply for closed waitlists if you have an approved medical priority. We offer priority to applicants who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of less than 12 months. We also offer priority to applicants who require the features of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible homes.

Visit the “Eligibility” page on this site to make sure that you qualify.

If you are interested in applying to a community with an open waiting list, we recommend that you visit in person to see what it’s like. You might also speak to a representative at the community’s leasing or property management office.

Online applications are available on this site in  English, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese when waiting lists are open. Everyone who is planning to live in your apartment must be listed on your application, and your application must be filled out completely. 

Applications are accepted online when waitlists are open. There may be additional options or guidelines for applying that we will post when waitlists are open. Once your application has been accepted, we will send a confirmation letter.

Once you are placed on the waitlist, it is your responsibility to notify us in writing of any change to your mailing address, phone number, or the size of your household. 

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