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Rental

Who is eligible to rent an affordable home?

Just like ownership, anyone can apply for an affordable rental, though each property is subject to an income limit.

  • CPAH rental units are located in Highland Park and Evanston, and Lake Forest (seniors only, 62+).
  • The first step is to fill out a pre-application and return it to us. You can either fill it out here or download and print, and return it to us via email, fax or mail as noted on the application. 
  • The information that you report on the pre-appilcation will allow us to add you to our waiting list, if appropriate. If for some reason, we cannot add you to the waiting list, we will contact you. If any of the information you report changes, please contact us to update your information. 
  • If a unit becomes available that would be suitable for your household size and income, and you are in the “next” group on the waiting list, you will be contacted and provided a full application which will ask for addtional income information.
  • Rentals are usually available for those whose gross household income is less than 60% Area Median Income (AMI). There are some units where the income limit is up to 80% of AMI. The income limits for each available unit is included in the description under the Available Properties tab.
  • 60% AMI Limit

    Household size

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    Income limit

     $33,180

    $37,920

    $42,660

    $47,400

    $51,240

    $55,020

    80% AMI Limit

    Household size

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    Income limit

     $44,250

    $50,600

    $56,900

    $63,200

    $68,300

    $73,350

  • CPAH’s rental waiting list is updated once a year. You will be notified by mail, and if we have an email for you, by email as well. You will be asked to return the form provided by a certain date in order to remain on the waiting list. 
  • All applicants for CPAH rental units must be qualified by CPAH. Qualified applicants that live or work in the community in which the affordable rental is located are considered to have a “local preference” and are given priority over other qualified applicants who do not have a local preference.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

 

 


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CPAH Spotlight:

Craig & Nicia's Story

This is our story of how CPAH helped us turn our lives around and change directions.

We were earning enough income from our jobs that we were able to start saving for a home. Our second baby was on the way and while we weren't entirely secure, we felt we were making progress.

Then Nicia, along with hundreds of others at her company, unexpectedly lost her job of 13 years. Suddenly, we went from two incomes for our family of three, to one income for what would soon be our family of four. To make matters worse, with winter coming, Craig's hours as a truck driver were reduced. Since the rent for our townhome was now out of reach, we looked for a one-bedroom apartment, but we couldn't find decent, affordable housing.

For for the first time, we went into credit card debt to meet our monthly expenses. We were sinking and no matter what we tried, could not change directions. We felt hopeless.

Then we heard about CPAH. We quickly learned that CPAH had thrown us a life preserver. CPAH encouraged us and helped us through the application process. When we were fully qualified, we thought that maybe this was our chance to change directions.

When we walked into the home that would eventually become ours, it was unbelievable. Could this really be a home for our family? The answer was a life-changing yes. Now we have a safe, affordable, permanent place to call home and are optimistic about our future. Our expenses are manageable, and we are part of a wonderful community. Thank you CPAH!


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