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North Park LGBT-affirming senior housing 'Interest List' scheduled to open May 1

LGBT-inclusive San Diego senior housing Interest list to open May 1.
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The Community HousingWorks’ (CHW) 76-unit mixed income, LGBT-inclusive project in North Park is nearing its review process for eligible applicants.

But there are a few things interested parties need to know before they begin the official application process, per the FAQ page of the CHW website. 

Construction is scheduled to end in December 2017, with the first tenant expected to move in that same month, but that date may change.

On May, 1 the Interest List will officially open, but first, potential renters must fill out a pre-application form online.

CHW says on their website, "The Interest List is a list of people interested in or intending to apply to reside at the community and does not require a complete application."

This list will be open for at least one full week and then closed after it reaches 500 people.

The complex will house renters 55 years or older. Others living in the household should be 45-years-old or older, but under certain conditions that rule may be reviewed.

Available are: Seven studios, 65 one-bedrooms, 3 two-bedrooms and 1 manager’s unit .

Of these 76 units, eight apartments will be reserved for homeless individuals referred through the Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry list.

One dog or one cat is allowed with a $250 deposit. 

The entire household must fall into an income bracket as outlined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CHW website says that number as of 2016 is $35,700 annually for a single occupant and $40,800 for two.

One question posed in the CHW site is, "Will all of my neighbors be LGBT?"

The unique aspect of this project is that it is a LGBT-affirming dweling and all applicants will be considered without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or anything else outlined in the Fair Housing Act.

LGBT seniors are often marginalized when they move into senior facilities.

Often they go back into the closet out of fear because the atmosphere in their living situations is judgmental by conservtive or religious staff members or fellow residents.

This North Park project will not consider an applicant’s sexual orientation and will offer services and support through the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center).

There is expected to be high demand for these units and CHW is anticipating them to go quickly, with most of the move-ins happening within only a few days.  

Once the pre-application and Interest List are submitted, then one will have to fill out the full application.

CHW says applying for government housing is a rigorous undertaking with many things needing to be verified:

“The income certification process will require 3rd party verifications of income, check stubs, bank account statements, social security income verification, and disclosure and verification of assets. More information will be provided in our FAQ’s as it becomes available.”

Units range in size with the majority of the homes being one-bedroom: 

Studio: 416 sq. ft. at $740 – $890 per month. 

One bedroom: 622 sq. ft. at $790 – $950 per month. 

Two bedroom: 775 sq. ft. at $950 – $1,150 per month. 

The complex will be a non-smoking environment, with carpeted and hardwood surfaces and an emergency call button in each apartment. 

A rose garden and viewing deck will be available on the top floor. 

For more information on how to get on the Interest List or more details about the project click HERE

See Also: North Park LGBT-inclusive senior housing project approved by city, due 2017

Fair Housing

CHW is committed to following all federal, state and local fair housing laws and does not discriminate against any person based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, medical condition or genetic information of that person or on any arbitrary basis.

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