How to Apply for Housing

A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Next Home

Explore our available apartments. After finding an apartment you would like to apply for, call the leasing line and leave a voicemail stating your interest. The leasing team can then call you back, prescreen you for eligibility, and schedule an appointment to view the apartment. After viewing the apartment, our team will verify your details, and then you’ll sign your lease!

Keep reading for a more in-depth look at the application process.

Important Documents

If you’re applying for a HUD-subsidized property, see our separate steps and forms for HUD-subsidized housing.

Step 1: Prescreening

Call the leasing line at 206-895-1400 to be prescreened. We receive dozens of calls a day and are required to call applicants back in the order the calls were received, which can sometimes take several weeks. Please be patient while we work to match applicants with their new homes. When you are called back, you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for our different apartments. These questions may include inquiries about your:

  • Income
  • Household size
  • Rental history
  • Target move-in date

For more information on what apartments you might qualify for, take a look at our eligibility guidelines. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can use TTY 1-800-833-6388. If you have general questions, would like an interpreter, or need accommodations to apply, please call our main line at (206) 329-7303 or email us, and we will make arrangements in advance. 


Step 2: Meet With a Site Manager

After the initial prescreening phone call, the two of you will work together to find a time to meet and tour the apartment. You should bring this list of important documents with you to your appointment. 


Step 3: Tour the Apartment

During your visit, ask the site manager any questions you may have about the apartment and the property, and be sure to explore the neighborhood. If you feel it’s a good fit, the site manager will work with you on the next steps to advance your application.


Step 4: Sign Your Lease

After your application has been processed and all your details have been confirmed, you’ll sign the lease for your new home! Welcome to the Community Roots Housing family.

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Questions? Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 206-895-1400 or

I haven’t had to leave where I feel I resonate…I’m just really grateful that we have a place that’s safe, it’s healthy, I have a place to call home. I just really want to get that message out – how appreciative I am that there’s a community like Community Roots Housing, that there is affordable housing in this town because let’s be honest, Fremont is not what it used to be, as far as affordability – Seattle isn’t.

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