The Marcy Adelman & Jeanette Gurevitch Openhouse Community at

95 Laguna

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Welcoming Housing for Seniors Age 62 and Older

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Openhouse is thrilled to begin sharing information about 95 Laguna with you! We will provide updates about 95 Laguna every quarter through the Openhouse Senior Newsletter, print and electronic versions, as well as through the Openhouse Housing Hotline. So, there are many ways to receive up-to-the-minute information and to stay connected!

TIMELINE: When is this all happening?

• We broke ground October 2017!
• We anticipate that applications will be available Fall/Winter 2018 (approximately six months before move-in begins)
• Lottery early Spring 2019
• Move-in Spring 2019
• Exact dates for these steps will be communicated as soon as we have the information

What should I be doing right now?
We encourage you and your friends to sign up for the interest list! Click here to place yourself on the interest list. You can also join by completing an Openhouse Consumer Registration form and checking YES next to the question, “Are you currently looking for housing?” Everyone on the interest list will be the first to know when and where applications are available and the deadline for turning them in.

Where can I learn more about 95 Laguna and affordable housing options?
Come to an Openhouse Housing Workshop. We offer them twice a month, and once in Spanish. To hear the schedule for next month’s workshops call 415-230-0634. RSVP is required to attend and you can RSVP at this number.

How can Openhouse support me?
Openhouse is here to support your housing search by offering assistance with completing housing applications; monthly communications containing updated housing list information in San Francisco Bay Area; Spanish translation of application forms; housing workshops (including one in Spanish), and one-to-one housing counseling.

BASIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Can only LGBT people apply?
95 Laguna must follow fair housing laws. All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity can apply for 95 Laguna. The more LGBT people who apply to 95 Laguna, the more LGBT people will get in. LGBT residents will form the core and could be the majority of the residents if applications from the community are large enough. This was the case at 55 Laguna where 68% of the residents identify as LGBT!

What are the age and income requirements to live at 95 Laguna?
• At least one household member on the lease must be 62 years of age or older.
• Maximum income levels are gross before taxes and deductions based on 50% of Area Median
Income (AMI) for San Francisco as published by the Mayor’s Of ce of Housing and Community
Development (MOHCD).
• These rents and income guidelines are subject to change based on the 2018 Area Median Income
numbers to be released in April 2018.

If I’m age 61 at the time of the application period, will I qualify for 95 Laguna?
No, you must be 62 at the time of application.

What is the maximum allowable income for the building?
The maximum allowable income for a one-person household is up to 50% Area Median Income (AMI) at the time of application. For 2017, 50% AMI for a one person household is $32,300. If you are planning to retire in the next few years, or your income will drop later on, we encourage you to apply. If your number is chosen for the waiting list, you can wait on the list with an income above the allowable range. When at the top of the list and offered an apartment, your income must fall into the allowable range.

Are there minimum income requirements to qualify for 95 Laguna?
Mercy Housing California, our developer partner managing the building, requires that your income equal twice the rent. However, if you have an established history of paying more than half your income to rent through financial support from other sources, such as subsidies, support from family, etc. they will consider your application.

How can I apply to the units for people who are living with HIV?
The San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) will refer applicants to these units. There are 15 units in 95 Laguna reserved for seniors who are chronically homeless. 6 units are designated for seniors living with HIV. Residents of these units will pay 30% of their income in rent. These units are referral- based, meaning the general public cannot apply to them. Chronically homeless people and elders living with HIV should reach out to their case managers and social service providers to be added to this list (the Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry list), if not already on it.

If I have Section 8 voucher, can I use it at 95 Laguna?
Yes, vouchers and subsidies will be accepted including Section 8.

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