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HOT TOPIC 12-21-21

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM
THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BERGEN COUNTY

PRE-APPLICATIONS FOR SENIOR APARTMENTS IN NORTHVALE

The Housing Authority of Bergen County is pleased to announce that beginning MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2022 AT 9:00 AM, pre-applications will be available for The Manor on Paris Apartments, located at 176 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ. The Manor on Paris consists of eleven (11) one-bedroom apartments.

The first 100 completed and eligible pre-applications received electronically will be accepted. Pre-applications received after the first 100 will be declined. The waiting list will close after the receipt of 100 completed, eligible pre-applications and will remain closed.
In order to be eligible to apply, at least one household member/applicant must be 62 years of age or older. The total household annual gross income cannot exceed the following income limits:
 
ONE BEDROOM APARTMENTS 
HOUSEHOLD SIZE                    MAXIMUM ANNUAL INCOME
1                                                              $ 38,300
2                                                              $ 43,800
 
Applicants who live, work, train or attend school in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties will be given preference.

The pre-applications for this wait list opportunity will NOT be available on-line until Monday, January 10, 2022 at 9:00 am SHARP. This is the link for the pre-applications: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ3022-2586

HOWEVER, A NEW STEP MUST BE TAKEN BEFORE THAT DATE OF JANUARY 10, 2022.

In order to save time before applying, you MUST create an account prior to the opening, if you have never used the Housing Authority’s new system “WaitListCheck”.
This is the link to create an account: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/account/create

The Housing Navigator recommends that you create this account as soon as possible

You will need to create your own user name and password. Write these down and keep them so you don’t forget them. You will need them on January 10.

You will need an email address. If you don’t have one, you will need to give them your phone number. If you give your phone number, make sure your Voice Mail is working, so if you are contacted, the Housing Authority will be able to leave you a message.  However, also having a working email may be beneficial for you to receive communications about this wait list from the Housing Authority, so you should try to set one up, or use the email of a trusted friend or relative.

You will need to answer 3 security questions. They will give you a choice of the questions, but it must be 3 of them, and you should write down your answers to them, so you don’t forget.
After answering all questions, hit submit.

If you have any issues completing this MANDATORY registration, email: info@habcnj.org


On January 10, 2022, the on-line portal will open at 9:00 am for the wait list pre-applications. Here is the link: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ3022-2586

For those who need assistance obtaining access to or completing a pre-application the Housing Authority will make staff available in the Community Room of The Manor on Paris, located at 176 Paris Ave., Northvale, NJ 07647. Staff will be available from 9:00 am until 3:30 PM, as needed until 100 pre-applications are received and deemed eligible. Please do not arrive to the Manor on Paris Apartments before 8:30 am.

All applicants are required to wear a mask or face covering in order to enter the building. Housing Authority staff will ensure all applicants remain socially distant throughout the process while utilizing desks with a protective glass between the applicant(s) and Housing Authority staff.

This offering is being made by the Housing Authority of Bergen County.

TIPS FROM THE NAVIGATOR:
1.     You should create your account with “WaitListCheck” as soon as possible. Don’t wait until January 10th to complete this important step. Write down the user name and password you create for yourself, as well as the answers to the security questions you will be asked to create. This is the link to create your account: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/account/create
2.     The actual, on-line pre-application will not become active until 9:00 am on Monday, January 10, 2022, and will only remain open until the first 100 applications are accepted. This is the link for the pre-applications: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/NJ3022-2586
3.     Traditionally, this pre-application procedure has met its goal in a matter of 15-30 minutes. Then it is closed. So be ready at the stroke of 9:00 am
4.     You may be better off using your personal computer at home, or arranging with a friend or relative to help you compete the on-line application at 9:00 am on Monday, January 10, 2022. You are encouraged to complete your pre-application as soon as possible, as it will be placed on the waiting list based on the time it was received.


TO PREPARE TO FILL OUT THE PRE-APPLICATION, HERE ARE SOME TYPES OF QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED. GATHER ALL YOUR INFORMATION AHEAD OF TIME, FOR ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD WHO WILL BE LIVING IN THE UNIT (MAXIMUM OF 2), SO YOU CAN COMPLETE THE APPLICATION IN A SHORT TIME:

Name, address, phone, date of birth, social security number. Other questions could include citizenship status, gender, language, ethnic/racial information for statistical purposes.
Email for “head of household”—if you don’t have an email, it may be a good idea to set one up for yourself, or use the email of a trusted friend or relative, especially if future communications with this property is through email.
Gross Income—Dollar amount, source of the income and how often you receive it. Examples: Social security, Wages, Pensions, Public Assistance, Child Support, Alimony, rental and any other income.
Tax returns for past years, pension statements, social security award letters, child support order, etc. may be helpful documents to keep on file.
Wages (if you or household member work) ---total wages and hours of work (per week/month), how often (weeks per year), what position do you hold, how many years at the job, employer’s name and address. Paystubs for a certain amount of time may be requested as proof.
Bank Assets—Type of bank account (savings/checking/other), account number, name and address of bank and name of bank contact. List total dollars in each account at time of application.
Other assets—Stocks, bonds, savings bonds, IRA/other retirement account. Other sources of income (home, Trust, CD, Life Insurance), the identifying account numbers, the dollar value in each account, the contact person for each account and the address of the account.
 
Some applications give selection preferences to households that meet certain conditions. Make sure you answer these questions (samples below) truthfully, as they may allow you to qualify for, or move up on, a waiting list:
Is applicant, spouse or co-applicant a US veteran? Is applicant a senior citizen? Is applicant homeless, precariously housed (living in car, living in homeless shelter, couch-surfing, or in unsafe or unhealthy conditions), or in danger of becoming homeless. Is applicant, spouse or co-applicant disabled? Does applicant require supportive services, or require wheelchair, crutches, cane, walker, live-in aide? Some applications give preference to residents of Bergen County, or other counties depending on the property.
The following questions MAY appear on an application, so be prepared:
Will there be a change in the number of persons in your household for any reason in the future?
Does anyone outside your household pay for and/or assist you with any bills or expenses, and if yes, explain.
Names, addresses and phone of people who are references or emergency contacts for you.
Do you have pets, with description of pet.
Information about your current home: own or rent; how long you lived there.
If you are a current renter: contact information for your current and former landlords, how long you lived at each home/address in the last three or four years.

Have you or a household member ever lived in subsidized housing—give name, address, phone, name on lease, and the time you lived at each particular Public Housing, or information about possessing a Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher, if the question appears.
    Have you ever been evicted and why.
    Is any household member subject to a sex offender registration program—give details such as which member and in what state.
    Have you or any household member been arrested and/or convicted of a criminal activity, or drug-related activity. List the crime, when and where it was committed.
    Other types of questions could appear on an application, but these are a general listing of some of the more common.


Maureen McCormick
Bergen County Division of Senior Services
mccormick@co.bergen.nj.us