The easiest way to obtain an application is to download one from our website. Additionally, a person may pick up an application from the HANDS corporate office at 7 East 7th Street, or applications can be mailed upon request. Upon receipt of a completed application, the application is subsequently forwarded to the appropriate property manager so that background checks may be performed.
Credit, criminal, and sex offender checks are then performed and reviewed. If the applicant has applied for housing for persons with disabilities, the applicant's qualifying disability must be verified by his or her doctor. If the applicant fails to pass any of these background checks, or if the disability cannot be verified, the application will be denied. The applicant will be notified by mail regarding the determination of their application.
If the application is denied, the applicant may chose to submit a letter of appeal to the Appeals Committee within 15 days. The appeal letter should specifically address the issues surrounding the denial of the application, providing explanation of the circumstances and reason to why the applicant should be considered for approval. The Appeals Committee will review the appeal and will either uphold the previous denial decision or approve the application.
If an applicant meets the background screening criteria, Third-Party Verifications must also be performed before move-in. Income, asset, and landlord verifications are signed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate parties for completion, as to ensure the applicant meets the proper requirements.
Due to abundant demand, most HANDS properties have waiting lists. Waiting lists are ordered chronologically by the date the application was received (USDA-funded properties' waitlists, however, are ordered by income level). When a unit becomes available, the unit is offered to the next person on the waiting list. If an applicant refuses 3 units, the applicant will be removed from the waiting list.