When will I receive assistance?
GMHA cannot estimate when you will receive assistance. However, we do follow a point system based on your preference points. Vouchers, or units become available when people currently on our programs move out.
Quick and efficient response to our mailings will ensure that you get on the waiting list promptly.
Does GMHA offer Emergency Housing?
No, however, you can contact the Community Action Partnership for referral to The Red Cross Emergency Housing Program.
GMHA/PROJECT TOTAL (Teaching Our Tenants and Landlords): Project TOTAL, a three year grant program through GMHA, forms a continuum of outreach and follow-up support between homeless persons served by the agency, community landlords and local service providers. This partnership assures those homeless and at-risk people can safely re-enter and maintain housing as permanent community residents.
What is gross income?
The total of your income before taxes.
Can I apply for both waiting lists?
Yes, in fact we suggest getting on both waiting lists. There is no way to know which program will have housing available first.
What if I do not have two landlord references?
We need the landlord references for the public housing program only. We will also take into consideration professional community references such as your caseworker, your supervisor, or ex-supervisor, your minister, your doctor or your teacher. A professional reference cannot be related to the applicant.
How will I know my position on the waiting list?
We cannot tell where anyone is on the waiting list until each time we run a waiting list. GMHA can only verify your preference points because new applicants are constantly being added to the waiting list with different point totals.
How will I be notified?
You will be notified in writing when you are placed on the waiting lists. You will also be notified by phone or mail when assistance is available to you.
What if my living situation changes while I am on the waiting list?
It is important that you report all changes in your living conditions in writing while you are on the waiting list. The changes can affect your points.
Can I choose where I live?
With the Section 8 voucher you can choose where you live. In the Public Housing Program, GMHA has only a community-wide waiting list. You will be offered the first unit available when you reach the top of the waiting list.
Do I need a security deposit?
For the public housing program you will need to pay a security deposit equal to 1 months rent or $50.00; whichever is greater. For Section 8, the security deposit can be equal to 1 months rent or whatever the landlord charges.