The first step is to join Community Corp.’s Housing Opportunity List. The Housing Opportunity List will re-open June 5th, 2017 through June 16th, 2017. Please follow these steps to join Community Corp.’s Housing Opportunity List:
Step #1: Get an Appointment Card: Appointment cards will be distributed during the following days & times at 502 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica 90401 in the Community Room.
|Monday -May 15th from 1 pm to 5 pm||Monday -May 22nd from 8am to 5pm|
|Tuesday-May 16th from 8 am to 12 pm||Tuesday-May 23rd from 1 pm to 5 pm|
|Wednesday-May 17th from 1 pm to 5 pm||Wednesday -May 24th from 8 am to 12 pm|
|Thursday-May 18th from 8 am to 12 pm||Thursday-May 25th from 1 pm to 5pm|
The Appointment Card will give you an exact date and time in June for you to attend a 1-hour Housing Opportunity List Seminar where you will use a Community Corp. computer to complete an online Questionnaire. If you do not have an Appointment Card, you will not be allowed to attend the Seminar. These Seminars will be held at various times from June 5th to June 16th.
Step #2: Attend a Seminar on the date/time specified on the Appointment Card: At the Seminar, staff will show you how to complete the online Questionnaire and will be available to answer questions. You will have 1-hour to complete the Questionnaire. Please arrive on time to ensure you will have enough time to complete the Questionnaire. Latecomers will not be guaranteed entrance to the Seminar.
Step #3: Answer the Questionnaire 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 make a mistake, do not use white out. Instead, cross out the wrong information and correct it, and initial the correction, but we strongly urge you to attend a seminar and complete the on-line questionnaire so that you learn about the program. The applicant is responsible for information submitted on a paper questionnaire. If the information is not complete you will not be added to the HOL.
Step #4: Wait for a postcard: By August 2017 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 by August, please contact Community Corp.’s main office.
Step #5: If and when you receive a written invitation from Community Corp. to view a vacant unit, follow all instructions in the letter.
Bring a pen – not a pencil, a photo ID, and your Appointment Card. Know your social security number, bring a list of your sources of “monthly income” before taxes or deductions (including Social Security payments, SSI, Disability, TANF, child support, etc.), a list of your bank account balances, other assets such as pensions, etc.
Please bring a translator if you do not speak/understand English.
Please DO NOT BRING food or beverages to the Seminar.
If you miss your scheduled Seminar, Community Corp. cannot guarantee if or when you can receive an appointment for another Seminar. We expect about 3,000 people to attend Seminars in June; therefore, attending the Seminar during your scheduled date and time is important. In May, if you realize you cannot attend your originally scheduled Seminar, please return to the facility where you received the appointment card when staff is scheduled to be in the community room (see Step #1 on first page of this document). We strongly urge you to attend the Seminar so that you understand the process and can have your questions answered. If no more Seminars are available, you will be given a Questionnaire stamped with “Applicant Assumes Responsibility” for you to complete and submit before the deadline. Applicants will be responsible for complying with all deadlines and requirements.
No, DO NOT apply again. You no longer reapply each year to Community Corp.’s Housing Opportunity List. You will only be required to update your Household information if there are any changes. This is a change that began January 2017 with the Housing Opportunity List.
You should receive a postcard by August, confirming that you are on the Housing Opportunity List. When a vacant unit becomes available, Community Corp. will match the different criteria for the unit (such as minimum income, maximum income, # of persons in the household, etc.). Community Corp. will then contact approximately 40-80 people on the Housing Opportunity List who match the unit’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 unit, where you will take a Housing Application if you are interested. The application needs to be completed and returned to Community Corp.’s main office within (3) business days. If you submit an application that is processed and you are not offered an apartment, your name remains on the Housing Opportunity List and you will be eligible to receive future open house invitations.
Joining the Housing Opportunity List is not a guarantee that you will be invited to an Open House. It is also not a guarantee that you will qualify for an apartment with Community Corp.
The head of household must immediately complete the Declaration of Household Change form. This can be accomplished by coming to the main office at 1423 2nd Street, Suite B, Santa Monica 90401 or you can download the form from our website: www.communitycorp.org and mail, fax, or bring the completed form to our main office.
There are typically between 3,000-5,000 applicants on our Housing Opportunity List with only 80-120 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 size.
It is difficult to provide an exact answer to these questions as every apartment’s income and rent requirements are subject to change based on Federal, State and Local housing programs. Community Corp. uses both minimum and maximum income limits. As an estimate, the lowest income for 1 person is approximately $1,380 per month. If you have a Section 8 Voucher, there is no minimum income.
The amount of rent is different for each apartment. Typically, our studios rent from $437 to $1,195; 1-bedrooms from $543 to $1,366; 2-bedrooms from $560-$1,622; 3-bedrooms from $621 to $1,853; and 4-bedrooms from $671 to $2,092. These are only guidelines. Actual rents can be higher or lower than any of these estimates. The rent for an apartment is fixed and does NOT change based upon changes to the applicant/tenant’s income.
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 St., 1st Floor Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Call (310) 458-8740 for more information.
Community Corp. has strict Tenant Selection Criteria. Among the many factors we check are credit history for the last 2 years and landlord history for the previous 3 years. We require that each applicant does not have more than $3,000 in negative credit (past due bills, collection accounts, etc.). Bankruptcies or Evictions / Unlawful Detainers within the last 4 years including personal crimes and property crimes will be considered automatic reasons for denial. You may still apply at your own discretion but you will be taking the risk of going through a time-consuming process.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to choose which apartment you would like to live in. If you have a medical condition or a disability that requires you to have certain accommodations, such as a ground floor unit or a wheelchair-accessible apartment, please write that on your Questionnaire under “Alternative Criteria”. If you reject an apartment for reasons that do not meet our policy guidelines, your name will be removed from our Housing Opportunity List for the remainder of that Housing Opportunity List year. You may re-apply for the following year.
Community Corp. does NOT allow pets. There may be tenants 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. tenants. The only animals allowed on the property for new move-ins are assistive animals with 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 your security deposit. Always 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.
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.