RESIDENT SELECTION PLAN AND SCREENING CRITERIA FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY REQUIREMENTS, STATEMENTS OF NON-DISCRIMINATION:
It is the policy of Baptist Housing to comply fully with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII and Section 3 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (as amended by the Community Development Act of 1974), Executive Order 11063, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and any legislation protecting the individual rights of residents, applicants or staff which may subsequently be enacted. Baptist Housing shall not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, age handicap, or familial status or national origin in leasing, renting or other disposition in any of the following: a. Deny to any household the opportunity to apply for housing, nor deny to any eligible applicant the opportunity to lease housing suitable to its needs b. Provide housing which is different than provided to others c. Subject a person to segregation or dispute treatment d. Restrict a persons access to any benefit enjoyed by others in connection with the housing program e. Treat a person differently in determining eligibility or other requirements for admission f. Deny a person access to the same level of services, or g. Deny a person the opportunity to participate in a planning or advisory group which is an integral part of the housing program h. Deny any person holding a Section 8 voucher as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Baptist Housing will seek to identify and eliminate situations or procedures which create a barrier to equal housing opportunity for all. In accordance with Section 504, Baptist Housing must make reasonable accommodation for individuals with handicaps or disabilities (applicants or residents). Such accommodation may include changes in the method of administering policies, procedures, or services. In requesting a reasonable accommodation with, or performing structural modification for otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, Baptist Housing is NOT required to: a. Make structural alterations that require the removal or altering of a load-bearing structure b. Provide support services that are not already part of its housing programs c. Take any action that would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program or service, or d. Take any action that would result in any undue financial and administrative burden on Baptist Housing including structural impracticality as defined in the Uniform Accessibilities standards (UFAS)
Qualifying For Admissions Based on Federal Regulations, Baptist Housing may not admit ineligible applicants to the 202 Section 8 program. All applications will be screened, according to HUD guidelines, and the following eligibility standards will be applied: a. Must have Annual Income at or below program income limits.
Disclosure of Social Security Number All family members must disclose and provide verification of the complete and accurate SSN assigned to them by the Social Security Administration, regardless of age,excluding tenants age 62 and older as of January 31, 2010, whose initial determination of eligibility was begun prior to January 31, 2010, and those individuals who do not contend eligible immigration status.
Exceptions to Disclosure of SSN
The SSN requirements do not apply to: Individuals who do not contend eligible immigration status. Mixed Families: Individuals who do not contend eligible immigration status are not subject to the requirement to disclose and provide verification of a SSN. Baptist Housing may not deny assistance to mixed families due to nondisclosure of a SSN by an individual who does not contend eligible immigration status. HUD regulations do not prohibit an individual (head of household with other eligible household members) with ineligible immigration status from executing a lease or other legally binding contract.Individuals age 62 or older as of January 31, 2010, whose initial determination of eligibility was begun before January 31, 2010. The eligibility determination is based on participation in either a Public or Indian Housing or Multifamily HUD assisted program. The eligibility date is based on the initial effective date of the form HUD-50059 or for HUD-50058, whichever is applicable. The exception status for these individuals is retained if the individual moves to a new assisted unit under any HUD assisted program or if there is a break in his or his participation in a HUD assisted program. When determining the eligibility of an individual who meets the exception requirements for SSN disclosure and verification, documentation must be obtained from Baptist Housing where the initial determination of eligibility was determined prior to January 31, 2010, that verifies the applicant’s exemption status. This document must be retained in the tenant file. Baptist Housing may not accept a certification from the applicant stating they qualify for the exemption. Existing tenants as of January 31, 2010, who have previously disclosed their SSN and HUD has determined their SSN to be valid by viewing the household’s Summary Report or the Identity Verification Report in the EIV system.
Timeframe for providing Social Security Numbers Applicants Applicants currently on the waiting list do not need to disclosure or provide verification of a SSN for all non-exempt household members at the time of application and for placement on the waiting list. However, applicants must disclose and provide verification of a SSN for all non-exempt household members before they can be housed Housing Applicants from the waiting list. If all non-exempt household members have not disclosed and/or provided verification of their SSNs at the time a unit becomes available, the next eligible applicant must be offered the available unit.
The applicant who has not disclosed and/or provided verification of SSNs for all non-exempt household members has 90 days from the date they are first offered an available unit to disclose and/or verify the SSNs. During this 90 day period the applicant may, at its discretion, retain its place on the waiting list. If after 90 days the applicant is unable to disclose and/or verify the SSNs of all non-exempt household members, the applicant should be determined ineligible and removed from the waiting list.
Applying for a SSN An individual who has never been issued a SSN card or who has lost their SSN card may completed SSA form SS-5 - Application for a Social Security Card - to request an original or replacement SSN card, or to change information on his/her SSA record. This form is available online at www.ssa.gov or can be obtained at the local SSA office. Management will provide assistance in applying for a SSN to any applicant or tenant who requests it.
Applications for housing can be picked up, or dropped off, at the Baptist Housing office at 704 Engineer Street Corbin Ky. 40701 Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Alternatively, you may call 606 523 1171 and request that an application, and return stamped envelope, be mailed to you. It is the policy of Baptist Housing to make reasonable accommodations to any prospective applicant. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to: Large Print Applications, Brail Applications, Applications in other languages or assistance in filling out an application. Applicants who's, Application is incomplete unsigned or otherwise lacking sufficient information for processing, will be notified of the deficiencies and the application will be returned to the applicant. Completed applications should include proof of Social Security number and proof of age, according to the following guidelines:
Applicants must disclose social security numbers Acceptable forms of verification are as follows: Original Social Security Card Drivers License with SSN Identification card issued by a federal, state, or local agency, a medical insurance provider, or an employer or trade union. Earnings statements on payroll stubs Bank statements Form 1099 Benefit award letter Retirement benefit letter Life insurance policy Court records. All adults in each applicant family must sign consent forms and, as necessary, verification documents, so management can verify sources of family income and family size. Management must consider a family ineligible if the adult members refuse to sigh applicable consent and verification forms. (1) All members of an applicant or tenant family who are at least 18 years of age and each family head and spouse regardless of age must sign the HUD required consent forms HUD-9887 Notice and Consent for the Release of Information to HUD and form HUD-9887-A Applicant’s / Tenants Consent to the Release of Information Verification by Owners of Information Supplied by Individuals Who Apply for Housing Assistance. It is not necessary to have each sign a separate form. All adults regardless of whether they report income must sign these forms. (2) All adult members of an applicant or tenant family must sign individual verification forms authorizing the owner to verify family income and other applicable eligibility factors (e.g. Disability status). (3) Consent and verification forms protect the rights and privacy of tenants and applicants by allowing them to have control over any information collected about them. (4) Management must comply with the provisions of the Federal Privacy Act as well as any state or local laws relating to confidentiality. If the applicant or tenant, or any adult member of the applicant’s or tenant’s family does not sign and submit the consent form as required in 24 CFR 5.230, the following statements apply: (1) Management must deny assistance and admission to the applicant; or (2) Management must terminate assistance to the tenant.
c. The household size must be appropriate for the unit. All units in Baptist Housing are on bedroom and are limited to 2 persons.
d. Must have citizenship, naturalization, and/or eligible immanent status; and
e. Must not have a criminal background that falls in the following Criminal Activity:
Applicant or any household members have a criminal background that falls in the following criminal activity:
1. Drug related criminal activity, including eviction from a federally assisted housing
2. Illegal Drug Use: currently engaged in illegal drug activity OR shows a pattern of illegal drug activity that may interfere with other residents right to peaceful enjoyment or health, safety, the applicant will be rejected.
3. Sex Offender: If the applicant or any household member has a conviction or adjudication other that acquitted, for sexual offenses, the applicant will be rejected. The sex offender will be checked on all household members 18 years of age or older once a year, during recertification. If found on the sex offender registry after move-in, eviction proceedings will begin.
4. Felony Convictions: If the applicant or nay household member has any felony convictions within the past seven (7) years or has been incarcerated for nay felony conviction within the past seven (7) years, the applicant will be rejected.
f. Must meet the student guidelines for part-time and full-time students set forth by HUD for the Section 8 Program. This rule does not apply to students living with their parent or guardian (as defined by HUD) or over the age of 24. Households with an ineligible part-time or full-time student enrolled at an institution of higher education will be rejected and no assistance shall be provided under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1973 to any individual unless:
1) They are at least 24 years of age;
2) They are a veteran;
3) They are married;
4) They have a dependent child;
5) Their parents are, individually, or jointly, eligible to receive assistance under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1973 and the student is income eligible; Parents of the student are HUD income eligible (the HUD “Low” income limit where the parents reside would be used) and the student in income eligible.
6) They have established a household separate from their parents or legal guardians for at least one year prior to application and have not been claimed as a dependent by their parents or guardians on their tax return;
7) They are an orphan or ward of the court through the age of 18;
8) They have legal dependents other than a spouse;
9) They are a graduate or professional student;
10) They are disabled and were receiving assistance as of November 30, 2005
All information reported by an applicant or tenant family is subject to verification including but not limited to the manditory use of “EIV” (Enterprise Income Verification System). EIV is a computerised system that alowes Baptist Housing to verify your income via HUD and the Social Security Office. In adition to verifying your income we will also do an Existing Tenant Search (ETS) in the EIV system to make sure that aplicants do not receve subsidy on more than one unit at the same time.
FACTORS INFLUENCING ADMISSION DECISION
Applications will be rejected if:
The applicant is not 62 years of age or older or verified as being mobility impaired.
The household’s annual income exceeds the applicable income limit.
You or a member of your household is listed on the “Sexual Predators List” OR have been convicted of a violent felony.
Attempted fraud or misrepresentation in any of the information provided or by way of exclusions in the application, including rental history.
The family size is not appropriate. No more than two persons per 568 sq. ft. Of living space.
Applicant or any household members have a criminal background that falls in the following criminal activity:
6. Drug related criminal activity, including eviction form a federally assisted housing
7. Illegal Drug Use: currently engaged in illegal drug activity OR shows a pattern of illegal drug activity that may interfere with other residents right to peaceful enjoyment or health, safety, the applicant will be rejected.
8. Sex Offender: If the applicant or any household member has a conviction or adjudication other than acquittal, for sexual offenses, the applicant will be rejected. The sex offender register will be checked on al household members 18 years of age or older once a year, during recertification. If found on the sex offender registry after move-in, eviction proceedings will begin.
9. Felony Convictions: If the applicant or any household member has any felony convictions within the past seven (7) years or has been incarcerated for any felony conviction within the past seven (7) years, the application will be rejected.
10. Antisocial Conviction: If a determination is made that the applicant or household member demonstrated a pattern of alcohol, domestic offense or assault, and/or drug incidents, the application will be rejected.
Only U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens may receive assistance under Section 8 programs
Restriction on Assistance to Non-citizens
Assistance in subsidized housing is restricted to U.S. citizens or nationals and non-citizens who have eligible immigration status as determined by HUD. All applicants for assistance must be given notice of the requirements to submit evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status at the time of application. Management must arrange to provide the notice in a language that is understood by the applicant if the person is not proficient in English. All family members, regardless of age, must declare their citizenship or immigration status. Non-citizens (except those ages 62 years or older) must sign a Verification Consent form and submit documentation of their status or sign a declaration that they do not claim to have eligible status. Non-citizens age 62 and older must sign a declaration of eligible immigration status and provide a proof-of-age document. U.S. citizens must sign a declaration of citizenship. A mixed family- a family with one or more ineligible family members and one or more eligible family members- may receive either prorated assistance, continued assistance, or a temporary deferral of termination of assistance. Applicants who hold a non-citizen student visa are ineligible for assistance, as are any non-citizen family members living with the student. This prohibition applies to the non-citizen student's non-citizen spouse and children. However, spouses and children who are citizens may receive assistance. For example, a family that includes a non-citizen student married to an U.S. citizen is a mixed family. Management is responsible for administering the restriction on assistance to non-citizens in accordance with regulations. Management must treat all applicants equally, applying the same non-citizen rule procedures without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or familial status, and must comply with the non-discrimination requirements described in Chapter 2 of the HUD 4350.3 REV.1 Handbook. Management generally considers citizenship/immigration status once for each family, but they must do so more frequently if immigration status or family composition is likely to change (e.g. when a family member applies for a change in immigration status). Management determines the applicant's citizenship immigration status during the initial eligibility determination, prior to move-in. As part of the annual or interim recertification process, management must determine the citizenship/immigration status of tenants when they have not previously collected the proper documentation or when documentation suggested that a tenant's status was likely to change. If the status of a family member in a mixed family changes from ineligible to eligible, the family may request an interim recertification. The required evidence of citizenship/immigration status for any new family member must be submitted at the first interim or regular recertification after the person moves to the unit.
Management should notify families in writing that they are eligible for assistance, or for partial assistance, as a mixed family. Management must also notify families in writing if they are found to be ineligible based upon citizenship/immigration status. Management is required to verify with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the validity of documents provided by applicants. Management must obtain the following documentation for each family member regardless of age:
From U.S. citizens, a signed declaration of citizenship. Management may require verification of the declaration by requiring presentation of an U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport;
From non-citizens 62 years and older, a signed declaration of eligible non-citizen status and proof of age;
From non-citizens under the age of 62 claiming eligible status: (1) a signed declaration of eligible immigration status, (2) a signed consent form and (3) one of the HUD 4350.3 REV-1 Handbook.
Management should have non-citizens not claiming eligible immigration status sign a statement that they acknowledge their ineligibility for assistance.
If an applicant cannot supply required documentation of citizenship/immigration status within management's specified time frame, management may grant the applicant an extension of not more than 30 days, but only if the applicant certifies the documentation is temporarily unavailable and additional time is needed to collect and submit the required documentation. Although the extension period may not exceed 30 days, management may establish a shorter extension period based on the circumstances of the individual case. Management must inform the applicant in writing if an extension request is granted or denied. If the request is denied, management must state the reasons for the denial in the written response. When granting or rejecting extensions, management must treat applications consistently.
Management must not delay the family's assistance if the family submitted its immigration information in a timely manner but the DHS verification or appeals process has not been completed. If a unit is available, the family has come to the top of the waiting list, and at least one member of the family has submitted the required documentation in a timely manner, management must offer the family a unit and provide full assistance to those family members whose documents were received on time. Management continues to provide full assistance to such families until information establishing the immigration status of any remaining non-citizen family members has been received and verified.
Once management has determined citizenship/immigration status of a family assisted prior to completion of the verification or appeal process, management must do as follows: (1) Provide full assistance to a family that has established the eligibility of all of its members. (2) Offer continued prorated assistance to a mixed family, or temporary deferral of termination of assistance if the family does not accept the offer of prorated assistance, or (3) Offer temporary deferral of termination of assistance to an ineligible family. At the end of the deferral period the family must either pay market rent or vacate the unit.
Management must conduct primary verification of eligible immigration status only for persons claiming eligible immigration status. Primary verification can be conducted through the SAVE ASVI database, DHS automated system after obtaining computer software, access code and user ID. After accessing the ASIV database, management enters the required data fields. Immigration status confirmation will be displayed on the computer screen. If the message "institute secondary verification" is displayed, manual verification process must be used. Within 10 days of receiving an "Institute Secondary Verification" response, management must prepare DHS form G-845S, Document Verification Request. This form and photocopies of the DHS documents submitted by the applicant must be sent by management to the DHS office serving the properties jurisdiction. (DHS Form G-845S is provided in the HUD 4350.3 REV.1 Handbook, Chapter 4, Exhibit 4-2). Instructions for completing and mailing the DHS Form G-
CREDIT & CRIMINAL ACTIVITY SCREENING STANDARDS Baptist Housing uses a professional Credit Reporting and Criminal Background Search company (Online Rental Exchange). Any notification of rejection will contain an explanation that you have the right to appeal our finding and request reassessment or consideration of extenuating circumstances, and the procedure to do so. Any applicant with a bankruptcy that has not been discharged will be rejected unless it is due to medical expenses. If an applicant has no credit references, a minimum of 3 references from doctors, physicians or other like people will be needed to help determine if the applicant fit’s the tenant selection criteria, I.e., paying their outstanding debts in a timely fashion as agreed with the doctors, physicians or other like people.
LANDLORD REFERENCES References will be sought, preferably from all prior landlords, going back 5 years, concerning a family’s rental history on the following criteria: 1. Demonstrated ability to pay rent and make such payments timely. 2. Owing a balance to a present or previous landlord due to unpaid rent and/or damages to the unit that was caused by you or your guest. 3. Ability to care for the unit in a clean, safe and sanitary manner as stated in the lease. 4. A record of disturbance of neighbors, destruction of property, or living or housekeeping habits at prior residences which may adversely affect health, safety or welfare of other residents, or cause damage to the unit or development. 5. Any household who has been evicted from federally assisted housing for drug-related criminal activity. 6. Any household who currently has a member engaging in illegal drug use or has been engaged in illegal drug use. 7. A record of any eviction from housing or termination from residential programs. 8. According to the Landlord, any criminal activity that would threaten the health or safety of the PHA or Owner, or any employee, contractor, subcontractor, or agent of the PHA or The Owner / Agent has determined that there is reasonable cause to believe that a household member’s illegal use or pattern of illegal use of a drug may interfere with the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents. (Examples could be found on a conviction record or on Landlord references.)
9. Based on the Landlord reference(s), the Owner / Agent has determined that there is reasonable cause to believe that a household member’s abuse or pattern of abuse of alcohol interferes with the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.
10. Based on the Landlord reference(s), there is evidence of violent criminal activity or activity that could threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.
If an applicant has no prior landlord references, a home visit may be required in order to determine whether the person fits the tenant selection criteria, i.e., maintains their household in a clean and safe manner.
The enactment of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 by Congress, and the publication of HUD’s Changes to Admission and Occupancy Requirements in the Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Assistance Programs; Final Rule and HUD Notice H 00-18 provides guidance to Owners regarding the marketing of assisted units to extremely low-income families. Owners must make at least 40 percent of the assisted units that become available in each year of the project’s fiscal year available for leasing to families whose income do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income (“extremely low-income”) at the time of admission. In addition, and because all properties listed above were available for occupancy on or after October 1, 1981. This income-targeting requirement applies to properties that fall under the Section 202/8—Loans for the Elderly and Handicapped program.
WAIT LIST MANAGEMENT
Current and future families who have completed a pre-application are placed on the properties wait list in chronological order, i.e., according to the time and date the completed application is received in the rental office. Placement on a property’s wait list is not a guarantee that your family will be granted admission to Baptist Housing. Upon the site having a vacancy notification, each appropriate applicant will be contacted for the available unit and at that time will be required to complete an interview and the required third party verifications to determine continued eligibility. Any family offered an apartment for rental, and subsequently declines to lease the apartment, will be removed from the property’s wait list, unless there is good reason such as recuperating from a surgery etc.
Any family whose application is rejected for admission to these programs will receive written notice of the rejection. The written notice will detail the specific reasons why the family’s application for admission was declined, and shall outline a procedure for appealing the application rejection decision.
Any Family wishing to transfer to another unit must abide by the written unit transfer policy. A written request for transfer with documentation by a physician will place a resident on a unit transfer wait list separate from the property’s wait list for new applicants. At the time the appropriate available unit comes open, a written notification will be given to the resident and they will be required to accept or decline within 5 business days. If they decline then they are placed at the bottom of the unit transfer wait list.
The wait list shall remain open indefinitely unless there is a closed notification published in the newspaper for a certain unit size. The wait list will be purged at least twice a year or as vacancies occur.
(Section 202/8-Loans for Housing for the Elderly and Disabled): These properties were designed to serve a population of 90% of the units to be 62 or older at initial occupancy with 10% of the units set aside for those with mobility impairments or for those with disabilities that require they live in the unit because the unit’s features meet their needs. Therefore, the wait list may be prioritized in order to meet these percentages.
(Section 202/8—Loans for Housing for the Elderly and Disabled): In order to ensure that 40 percent of the assisted units that become available each year are made available for leasing to extremely low-income families, we will utilize the Rule of 5’s.
Rule of 5’s
In each fiscal year, we will offer the next available apartment, to the next available families meeting the appropriate income criteria, per HUD’s definition, in the following order:
1st Available Unit—Extremely Low-Income (ELI) Family
2nd Available Unit—Very Low-Income Family (VLI); or Low-Income Family (occupancy of this Property’s apartments by Low-Income Families must have been approved by HUD).
3rd Available Unit—ELI Family
4th Available Unit—VLI or LI Family—if Low-Income Family occupancy approved by HUD
5th Available Unit—VLI or LI Family—if Low-Income Family occupancy approved by HUD
6th Available Unit and thereafter: Will follow pattern established for 1st through 5th available units.
HUD has defined Extremely Low-Income, Very Low-Income, and Low-Income criteria as being:
Extremely Low-Income: Families whose income is below 30% of Area Median Income (adjusted for family size);
Very Low-Income: Families whose income is below 50% of Area Median Income (adjusted for family size); and, Low-Income: Families whose income is below 80% of Area Median Income (adjusted for family size). Per HUD’s guidance found in HUD Notice H 00-18, the Owner is able to rent to eligible families, other than extremely low-income families, after a reasonable marketing period has expired. We define a ‘reasonable marketing period’ to be no more than 90 days after receipt of a written notice to vacate from the current resident. Therefore, if we are have no extremely low-income family applicants to offer the next available apartment to within this 90-day time period, we will offer the apartment to the next family on the waiting list that fits either the very low-income or low-income definitions—provided only that Low-Income Families have been approved by HUD for occupancy of this Property’s apartments. Please note that we will re-start the Rule of 5’s selection order at the beginning of each fiscal year in order to satisfy this income-targeting mandate. It is important for families who fit the income criteria of ‘very low-income’ or ‘low-income’ to understand that there is a distinct possibility that although they occupy the first slot on the Property’s waiting list; they may be passed over in order for the Property to fulfill its obligation to comply with this income-targeting requirement. The Tenant Selection plan may be modified in the future in order to meet compliance requirements. Should these modifications occur, all applicants on the waiting list and any other interested persons (potential applicants) will be notified in writing of any revised tenant selection plan that may affect an application or tenancy. All such persons will receive a copy of the revised tenant selection plan.
Review of recommendation for admission or rejection
Any applicant that is rejected will be notified by written letter and have the option to appeal the decision in writing and request a meeting with another Baptist Housing occupancy specialist within 14 days of the date of the letter. Baptist Housing will make reasonable accommodation in order to facilitate an appeals meeting.
a. If the applicant requests an additional interview to determine whether mitigating circumstances or reasonable accommodation would make it possible to accept his/her application, Management will do so based upon Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 b. If an applicant is clearly eligible and passes the screening guidelines, admission shall be authorized. Likewise, if the applicant is ineligible, rejection shall be authorized.
c. Management will follow the grievance process below in compliance with requirements set forth in the HUD Handbook 4350.3
Rejection of ineligible or unqualified applicants
Baptist Housing complies with applicant rejection requirements set forth in the HUD Handbook 4350.3. Management reserves the right to reject applicants for admission it is determined that the applicant or any member to the household falls within any one or more of the following categories:
a. Misrepresentation: Willful or serious misrepresentation in the application procedure for the apartment or certification process for any one government assisted dwelling unit.
b. Records of Disruption of Neighbors, Destruction of Property or other Disruptive or Dangerous behavior: Includes behavior or conduct which adversely affects the safety or welfare of other persons by physical violence, gross negligence or irresponsibility, which damages the equipment or premises in which the family resides; or which is disrupting or dangerous to neighbors or disrupts sound family and community life.
c. Violent Behavior: Includes evidence of acts of violence or other conduct, which would constitute a danger or disruption to the peaceful occupancy of neighbors.
d. Non-compliance with Rental Agreement: Includes evidence of any failure to comply with the terms of rental agreements at prior residences such as failure to re certify as required, providing shelter to unauthorized person, keeping pets, or other acts in violation of rules and regulations.
e. Owing Prior Landlords: Applicants who owe a balance to present or prior landlords will not be considered for admission until the account is paid in full and reasonable assurances is obtained that the contributing causes for nonpayment of rent or damages have changed sufficiently to enable the family to pay rent and other charges when due.
f. Owing Utility Providers: Applicants who owe a balance to the local utility provider for present or prior residences will not be considered for admission until the account is paid in full.
g. Unsanitary or Hazardous Housekeeping:
h. Credit History: A failing credit score, as determined by Rent Grow Inc.
i. Management has established a policy to reject all applications where the applicant or nay household member or regular invited guest has engaged in certain criminal activity. The activity’s that will be grounds for rejection of application are as follows:
1) Any conviction of a felony incarceration of any felony conviction within the past 7 years.
2) Any conviction or adjudication other than acquittal for the sale, distribution or manufacturer of any illegal substances.
3) Any conviction or adjudication other than acquittal involving illegal use or possession of any controlled illegal substance.
4) Current illegal user or addict of a controlled or illegal substance.
5) Any act which results in the persons tenancy constituting a threat to the health or safety of other individuals, results in substantial physical damage to the property of others, or interfere with the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of the premises.
6) Any conviction or adjudication other than acquittal, for any sexual offense.
7) Any conviction or adjudication other than acquittal, which involved bodily harm to a child.
8) Eviction for Drug Related Criminal Activity: If the applicant or any household or regular invited guest has been evicted from assisted housing for drug related criminal activity, the application will be rejected.
9) Antisocial Conviction: If a determination is made that the applicant or any household member demonstrates a pattern of alcohol OR domestic offense or assault, and/or drug incidents, the application will be rejected.
On January 5, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-162) and on August 12, 2006, signed into law technical corrections to the VAWA (Public Law 109-271).
The VAWA protections apply to families applying for or receiving rental assistance payments under the project-based Section 8 program. The law protects victims of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, as well as their immediate family members generally, from being evicted or being denied housing assistance if an incident of violence that is reported and confirmed. The VAWA also provides that an incident of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence or stalking does not qualify as a serious or repeated violation of the lease nor does it constitute good cause for terminating the assistance, tenancy, or occupancy rights of the victim. Furthermore, criminal activity directly relating to domestic violence, dating violence or stalking is not grounds for terminating the victim’s tenancy. O/As may bifurcate a lease in order to evict, remove, or terminate the assistance of the offender while allowing the victim, who is a tenant or lawful occupant, to remain in the unit.
The Required screening for lifetime sex offender registration program will be performed at application in-take and at every annual recertification. If, during the recertification process, we discover anyone who has been placed on the lifetime sex offender registry, eviction proceedings will take place.
I have been given the opportunity to ask any questions that pertain to the Resident Selection Plan and Screening Criteria. I/WE by signing below certify that I/We have read and received a copy of these guideline. I/WE have received a copy of Fact Sheet, “HOW YOUR RENT IS DETERMINED” and I have read the aforementioned Tenant Selection Plan and I understand that Baptist Housing is not a medical facility
and the Nurse Call is NOT monitered 24/7.