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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Potential HANDS Housing Residents

What types of housing does HANDS provide?

HANDS housing options include general low income housing, senior (age 55+ or 62+ depending on the community), housing for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, and special needs housing (people with chronic mental illness, physical, or developmental disabilities.

Does HANDS provide emergency housing or temporary housing?

HANDS does not provide emergency housing or temporary housing.

How do I apply for housing?

How do I qualify to live at a HANDS property? What are the minimum requirements?

Each HANDS community has its own qualification criteria. This information can be found on our website, our application, or you can call to discuss the qualifications with the property staff.

How long will it take to see if I have been approved to become a resident at a HANDS property?

When you apply at HANDS, provided you meet our income qualifications, you will be placed on the waiting list of your choice. Please note that there is a great need for affordable housing in our community and the majority of our properties have long waiting lists or no availability. Please call the property staff directly for questions regarding waiting lists.

What is the cost to rent an apartment from HANDS?

Rents vary and are different by property and program type. This information can be found on our website, our application, or you can call to discuss the rent amount with the property staff.

Are your apartments accessible?

HANDS operates barrier-free properties which provide accessible, affordable housing for physically disabled residents in an independent living environment. Many of our properties have apartments specifically designed with accessible features. Please contact the property you are interested in for more information about accessibility options.

Do you allow pets?

Each HANDS community has a pet policy. Please contact the property you are interested in directly for more information. Assistance animals are allowed at all HANDS properties.

Can I apply for housing if I have been evicted?

HANDS accepts all applications for housing. However, we must assess for evictions. Please refer to the individual property’s Resident Selection Criteria for detailed requirements around evictions.

Can I apply for housing if I have a felony?

HANDS accepts all applications for housing. However, we must assess for felonies. Please refer to the individual property’s Resident Selection Criteria for detailed requirements around felonies.

Does HANDS give out loans?

HANDS does not provide housing loans or mortgage assistance.

Does HANDS provide financial rental assistance for non-HANDS properties?

HANDS does not provide financial rental assistance.

HANDS follows restrictions established by federal law through the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. We do not discriminate against residents on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability.