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Living in Our Properties

Living in a Bellwether property means living in a clean, safe, well maintained and smoke-free building located nearby bus routes, grocery stores and schools. It means you can feel good about where you live while being close to everything that matters to you. And, most importantly, it means living within your means—being able to afford more than rent.

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Eligibility and qualifications

To be eligible to live in Bellwether housing, all applicants must meet certain income and other criteria based on the funding restrictions for the property and Bellwether’s additional criteria. The following summarizes Bellwether’s standard resident qualification criteria.  (For detailed criteria, click on the “Rental Qualifications” link under Related Information in the upper left corner of the page.)  Bellwether has different screening criteria for our subsidized units filled through our waiting lists.

AGE
At least one member of the household must be 18 years of age or legally emancipated with proof of emancipation.  Some Bellwether properties serving seniors are restricted by age.

INCOME

  • All apartments have a maximum income limit. Therefore, all sources of income must be disclosed and verifiable for all household members.
  • Applicant household income must be at least 2.5 times the rent per month, OR applicants must have accessible financial assets to cover the gap for the length of the lease.
  • Ability to document at least 30 days of current and verifiable income from the same source. Bellwether has in-lieu-of criteria; please ask for details.

RENTAL HISTORY

  • Past twelve (12) months verifiable residential rental history. Rental history can be a room rental or with roommates as long as the applicant paid rent directly to the landlord and it can be verified. Paying rent to friends or relatives is not considered rental history. Bellwether has in-lieu-of criteria; please ask for details.
  • No prior evictions or unlawful detainers in the past five (5) years and no evictions from Bellwether ever.
  • Outstanding debt owed to any landlord must not exceed $500 and must have a current and verifiable payment plan in place.
  • No current 3-Day Notices to Vacate or 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate for monetary defaults.
  • No more than two (2) legal notices in any twelve (12) month period for any member of applicant household.
  • Poor resident history reported by landlord, even if a legal notice was not issued, is grounds for denial.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

  • No felony convictions within the past seven (7) years.
  • No convictions for possession of controlled substances in the past three (3) years.
  • No convictions involving methamphetamines.
  • No gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor convictions in the last two (2) years.
  • No more than one (1) assault charge in the past seven (7) years.
  • No sex offenses or offenses requiring applicant or any memeber of household to register as a sex offender.
  • No current charges which have not reached disposition or if charges are pending for any reason.

Note: No victim/survivor of domestic violence will be denied housing based solely on their status as a victim of domestic violence.

CREDIT

  • Any bankruptcy must be discharged.
  • Outstanding debt owed to any landlord must not exceed $500 and must have a current and verifiable payment plan in place.
  • With the exception of bankruptcy and debt owed to a landlord, Bellwether screens for credit risk only when “in lieu of” critieria are being considered.  (See detailed criteria.

PETS
Pets are accepted at some Bellwether properties:

  • Only cats are accepted at Graham/Terry, Sterling Court and Victorian Row.
  • Dogs (75 lb. limit) and cats are accepted at Bellevue/Olive, Cambridge, Casa Pacifica, First & Vine, Genesee, Gilmore, John Winthrop, Mercer Court, Meridian Manor, Olive Tower, Oregon, Rose Street, Security House, Stewart Court, Tate Mason House and Vine Court.

Approval for certain other small household animals may be requested in writing. Bellwether limits the number of pets to two (2) per apartment. Each pet must be accompanied by a $300 refundable deposit, proof of inoculations, proof of spay/neutering and a current license. Resident must agree to and follow the Bellwether Pet Policy.

Note: Service and companion animals are not considered pets. They are accepted at all properties and require a Reasonable Accommodation Request involving verification.

STUDENTS

Applicant households where all members are full-time students are eligible at Annapolis, Cambridge, John Winthrop, Kingway, Meridian Manor, Olive Tower, Oregon and Vine Court.

Applicant households for all other Bellwether properties (not listed above) where all members are full-time students must meet one of the following exceptions:

  • Married and filing a joint federal tax return with spouse
  • Single parent with a minor child and neither are dependents of a third party
  • Receiving benefits under Title IV of the Social Security Act (e.g., TANF)
  • Enrolled in a job training program funded by State or Local government
  • Previously under the care of a state foster care system.

FEES AND DEPOSIT SCHEDULE

Screening Fee is non-refundable, payable by Money Order, Cashier’s Check, or Personal Check; no cash accepted. $30.00 for each adult applicant and $10.00 for each child ages 14-17 years old.

Deposit payable by Money Order or Cashier’s Check only, no cash or personal checks accepted, is due within three (3) business days following notification of an approved rental application. A cancellation fee equal to the deposit will be charged should you decide not to move into the unit. The amount of deposit depends on unit size as follows:

Unit Size Deposit
SRO’s (single room occupant) $300.00
Studios and One Bedrooms $350.00
Two Bedrooms $425.00
Three Bedrooms $475.00
Four and Five Bedrooms $500.00

First Month’s rent due at lease signing, payable by Money Order or Cashier’s Check only, no cash or personal checks accepted.

Waiting list information for extremely low income households

Bellwether manages subsidized low-income housing units at several properties. Subsidized units are available through a waiting list process. These lists are long and waiting times are expected to be months or even years. A completed Pre-Application is required to be added to a waiting list. (See links below.)

Upon receipt of a Pre-Application, Bellwether will ensure basic criteria requirements are met prior to adding households to the waiting list. The pre-applicants will receive a letter within four weeks notifying they have been added to the list or the reason for denial. Periodically, pre-applicants will receive a letter requesting updated contact information. Letters must be returned within 10 days to remain active on the waiting list. Bellwether does not disclose a household’s position on the waiting list. There is no need to contact the property or administrative offices regarding status on the waiting list, only to update contact information.

We have open waiting lists at the following properties:

        1. Judkins Park, 1123 23rd Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144.  Two- and three-bedroom units that require one household member to be HIV positive and one household member has to have a disability (can be the same person).  Household income must be at or below 30% area median income.  Occupancy is 2 – 5 people in a two-bedroom unit and 4 – 7 people in a three-bedroom unit. Judkins Park Pre-Application
        2. Meridian Manor, 10345 Meridian Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98133.  HUD-subsidized one-bedroom units that require one adult household member to be 62 years or older. Household income must be at or below 80% area median income. Households with incomes at or below 30% of the Area Median Income are prioritized. Maximum occupancy is 3 people. Meridian Manor Pre-Application
        3. First & Vine, 2519 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121.  HUD-subsidized studio and one-bedroom units that require one adult household member to be 62 years old or older or a member of any age with a disability.  Households with incomes at or below 30% of the Area Median Income are prioritized.  Household income must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income.  Maximum occupancy is 3 people. First & Vine Pre-Application
        4. The Genesee, 4425 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle, WA 98108The Genesee offers two different subsidy programs to better serve the community.  (1) The one-bedroom 811 PRAC subsidized units require one household member 18 years or older be a person with a disability.  Disability verification will be required at the time of final application.  These units serve households whose incomes are below 30% of the Area Median Income.  Maximum occupancy is 3 people.  (2) The one and two-bedroom SHA HUD-subsidized units do not have an age or disability requirement.  These units serve households whose incomes are below 30% of the Area Median Income.  Maximum occupancy is 3 people for a one-bedroom unit and 5 people for a two-bedroom unit.   Genesee SHA Pre-Application    Genesee HUD Pre-Application
        5. The Parker, 2701 3rd Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98109. The Parker Apartments offers two-bedroom subsidized units through SHA. These units serve households whose incomes are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income. Maximum occupancy is 5 people. Parker Pre-Application

You can also contact the Resident Manager at the building to request a Pre-Application.  Completed Pre-Applications should be mailed to the building for which you are applying.

What to bring when you apply

            • Completed Airfactz screening application form
            • Picture ID for all adults (government issued)
            • Social security number, if issued, for all household members
            • $30.00 screening fee for each adult applicant – check or money order to “Airfactz”
            • $10 screening fee for each child age 14-17 yrs old – check or money order to “Bellwether”
            • Most recent paystubs for all jobs
            • Fax number for HR or Payroll (call your employer to ask who processes employment verifications)
            • Addresses for all the places you have lived in the past 3 years and the landlord’s contact information written on application form
            • Social Security award letter or other benefit information, if applicable
            • Rental subsidy award letter, if applicable
            • Financial aid award letter and tuition statement, if applicable

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