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Eligibility requirements

Africatown Plaza was designed to address affordability, displacement, and gentrification in the Central District. The Plaza will create 126 new affordable apartments in the heart of the CD. These apartments have income maximums related to the number of people in the household. Unit Area Median Income (unit AMI) refers to the maximum income allowed for that apartment. For a preliminary walk-through of determining your income and what unit AMI your household may qualify for, please reference the AMI chart below. Studios are available at the 50% AMI level, and all other units are at the 60% AMI level.


Residents will be required to have monthly income that is twice the monthly rent, or a voucher to cover the difference. 

During the application process, you will be asked to share all sources of income for each household member, which leasing staff will then verify.

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1. Learn about eligibility requirements

2. Call (206) 895-1160
Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Please have the following information ready when you call:
  • Your first and last name (please spell them out)
  • An email address to get in touch with you. If you do not have access to email, please have a reliable phone number ready.
  • The apartment size you would like to rent
3. Community Roots staff calls you back
Prior to your in-person appointment, you can expect a call from staff to ask you additional questions to confirm your eligibility, including income verification for each household member. We anticipate a high volume of applications, so please be patient as we work to follow up with every applicant. 
4. In-person appointment
Check this list of what to bring to your appointment. Community Roots Housing leasing staff will sit down with applicants to process their full rental application. Due to regulatory requirements, we are required to verify all income and asset information for each household member. It can take three or more weeks for us to process paperwork and verify information.
5. Sign a lease!
​If your paperwork is approved, we will contact you to set a time to sign your lease and schedule your move-in day. We anticipate the building will be ready for move-ins in summer 2024. If your application is not approved, you will receive a letter explaining why, and you will have 14 days to appeal the decision. The unit will not be held during the appeal process. 

How to apply

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