The first step is to join Community Corp.’s Housing Opportunity List (formerly known as the “Marketing List”). The Housing Opportunity List will be open through January 19. 2017. Please follow these steps to join Community Corp.’s Housing Opportunity List:
Step #1: Get an Appointment Card: The Appointment Card will give you an exact date and time to attend a 1-hour Seminar in December or January where you will learn about Community Corp., and use a Community Corp. computer to complete an online Questionnaire. If you do not have an Appointment Card, you may not be
allowed to attend the Seminar because there are a limited number of computers for applicants to use.
Through Thursday, January 19, 2017, you can still attend one of the Seminars. Pick up an Appointment Card at the Community Corp. Office:
1423 2nd Street. Suite B. Santa Monica. CA 90401. Community Corp. is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
Step #2: Attend a Seminar on the date/time specified on the Appointment Card: At the Seminar, staff will tell you about Community Corp.’s program, and show you how to complete the online Questionnaire. Staff will answer any questions you may have. Please arrive on time to ensure you will have enough time to complete the Questionnaire during the 1-hour Seminar. Latecomers cannot be guaranteed entrance to the Seminar.
Step #3: Answer the Questionnare completely: If you are unable to complete the Questionnaire on-line, you can request a hard copy. Incomplete Questionnaires will not be accepted. If you are completing a paper questionnaire and make a mistake, do not use white out. Instead, cross out the wrong information and correct it, and initial the correction.
Step #4: Wait for a postcard: Some time in February you should receive a postcard confirming that you are on the Housing Opportunity List. If you attended a Seminar and did not receive a postcard by the end of February, please contact Community Corp.’s office at (310) 394-8487 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step #5: If or when you receive a written invitation from Community Corp. to view a vacant unit, follow all instruction in your letter.
Bring a Photo ID, and your Appointment Card. You will also need the following information in order to complete the online Questionnaire:
If you have a Social Security Number, you will need to know the social security number for each member of your household.
A list of your sources of “monthly income” before taxes (gross) or deductions. You will need to know ALL income for every member of the household including Social Security payments, SSI, Disability, Unemployment, TANF, Child Support, etc.
A list of your bank account balances for every member of the household.
A list of other assets such as pensions, 401k’s, etc. for every member of the household.
More Seminars will be held in English. There will be a limited number of Spanish only Seminars, so please bring a translator if you do not speak/understand English or Spanish.
Please do not bring food or beverages to the Seminar. There is limited seating, so you are not required to bring your entire family to the Seminar. Only one adult member of the household need be present to complete the online questionnaire.
If you miss your scheduled Seminar, Community Corp. cannot guarantee if or when you can receive an appointment for another Seminar. We expect about 4,000 people to attend Seminar throughout December and January, therefore, attending the Seminar during your scheduled date and time is important. If you realize you cannot attend your originally scheduled Seminar, and it is within the dates listed above when we are giving out appointment cards, come back to 502 Colorado to get a new appointment card. If we are no longer giving appointment cards, and the Seminars have begun, please contact Community Corp. at (310) 394-8487 to find out if you can attend a Seminar on a stand-by basis, or if you can complete a paper questionnaire before the January 19, 2017 deadline. Applicants are responsible for complying with all deadlines and requirements.
Yes, because the 2016 Marketing List will be deleted once the 2017 Housing Opportunity List becomes effective. In 2017, you will no longer have to reapply every year to get a place on Community Corp.’s Housing Opportunity List. You will only be required to update your information if there are any changes within your household. This is new for the 2017 Housing Opportunity List.
You should receive a postcard in February, confirming that you are on the Housing Opportunity List. When a vacant apartment becomes available, Community Corp. will match the different criteria for the apartment (such as minimum income, maximum income, # of persons in the household, etc.) Community Corp. will then contact between 40-80 households on the Housing Opportunity List who match the apartment’s criteria. Once you receive this written invitation, you must follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. You will be asked to attend an open house to view the vacant apartment, where you will be given the Rental Housing Application. That Rental Housing Application need to be completed and returned to Community Corp’s office by the date indicated on your invitation. If you submit an application that is processed and you are not offered an apartment, your name stays on the Housing Opportunity List and you will be eligible to receive future open house invitations.
Getting on the Housing Opportunity List is not a guarantee that you will be invited to an open house or to submit a Housing Application. It is also not a guarantee that you will qualify for an apartment with Community Corporation of Santa Monica.
An adult member of the household can fill out a Declaration of Household Change Form. You can come to Community Corp.’s office to pick of the Declaration of Household Change Form or you can download the form from our website: www.communitycorp.org, and bring the completed form to our main office at 1423 2nd Street, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
It is very important that you update Community Corp.’s records anytime there is a change to your household; such as income changes, the number of people in the household change, you move or change your contact information. Failure to update our records could result in your household not successfully meeting the requirements for an apartment, or delay information getting to you in a timely manner.
There are typically between 3,000-4,000 applicants on our Housing Opportunity List with only 80 to 100 vacancies every year; therefore we cannot invite everyone to an open house. Do not be discouraged by the large number of applicants. The various programs and income requirements can accommodate many variations of income and household sizes.
No. Community Corp does not issue Section 8 Vouchers, however, as a landlord we accept applicants with Section 8 Vouchers. If you would like to apply for a Section 8 Voucher, please contact the Santa Monica Housing Authority located at 1901 Main Street, 1st Floor, Suite A, Santa Monica CA 90405. Call (310) 458-8740 for more information.
No. Community Corp. is a private, non-profit organization. Community Corp. builds new buildings, purchases existing buildings and rehabilitates them. New buildings and existing buildings that are purchased and rehabilitated are managed by Community Corp., and rented at an affordable rate to qualified households.
Community Corp. has a strict Tenant Selection Criteria. Among the many factors we check are credit history, criminal background and landlord history. Currently, we require that each applicant does not have more than $2,500 in negative credit (past due bills, collection accounts, etc.) Bankruptcies or Evictions/Unlawful Detainers within the past three years and convictions for crimes against persons or property within specified times periods will be considered automatic reasons for denial, and landlord history for the past three years. We do not count negative credit for medical expenses or student loans. If you do not meet the Tenant Selection Criteria, you may still apply at your own discretion by will be taking the risk of going through a time consuming process with the knowledge that your application could be denied if you do not meet the criteria.
Community Corp. does not allow pets. There may be residents who moved in prior to Community Corp. purchasing the property who may have had pets, but no pets are allowed for all new Community Corp. residents. The only animals allowed on any of Community Corp.’s properties for new move-ins are assistive animals for the disabled with proper documentation from a health care professional.
No. Community Corp. does not charge an application fee. Once you have been approved for housing you will be asked to make a deposit and that deposit will be applied to you security deposit. You may ask for a receipt. Never pay in cash.
Applicants who offer cash incentives or gifts to Community Corp. employees will be removed from The Housing Opportunity List.