BEFORE YOU APPLY
Prior to applying to any subsidized housing program, there are certain steps you can take to ensure your application has the best chance of being accepted. This section explains some of these scenarios and provides a guide with resources on how to tackle these issues.
Do you owe money to your ex-landlord?
Offer to work out a repayment plan on paper with your ex-landlord, and be sure to keep receipts of all rent payments. Your landlord can also write a letter stating that a payment plan is in place for your new application.
Do you owe money to utilities companies?
Schedule an appointment with the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) at the Community Action Agency. They can help you set up payment plans for your utility bills.
DID YOU KNOW: You can file for bankruptcy and wipe out debt to be able to start fresh? Contact Legal Aid Lawyer Services
Do you have a criminal record?
In Hamilton County, you CANNOT receive subsidized housing for the following reasons:
- Drug trafficking in any public or subsidized housing
- Manufacturing methamphetamine
- Reporting Sex Offender
However, most offenses are NOT mandatory NO’s for public and subsidized housing, including:
- NO MORE than 1 felony conviction + 1 misdemeanor
- NO MORE than 2 misdemeanors
- NO MORE than one felony
Can I seal my criminal record?
Hamilton County has a form you can file that requests certain charges be sealed. This is called criminal record sealing. Sealing means that these records are separated and sealed from the public, but can be accessed by certain officials.
No fee is required if you are sealing a “non-conviction” - otherwise it is a $50 fee. If you cannot afford the $50, you can fill out an affidavit of indigency.
See the map of resources for where to file this paperwork based on the type of criminal record.
DID YOU KNOW: There are legal clinics that can help you with this process? The Ohio Justice and Policy Center holds several free clinics to assist individuals in this process. Make sure to bring a sheriff’s background check to the meeting.