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FAQs for Future Residents

How do I apply?

You can receive an application by mail, here at our website by clicking on the application link at the top of our homepage, by email or by stopping by the office to pick one up.

We have two offices:

The Section 8 and HUD subsidized properties (Hawthorne Hills, Midway Apartments and Blairs Ferry Housing) are administrated from our Hawthorne Hills office located 2283 C Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

All other properties (Cedar Valley Townhomes, Agin Court, Brown Apartments, B Ave NW, Quarton Place and addresses in Wellington Heights) are administrated from the Cedar Valley Townhomes office located at 3000 J Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

If you have questions regarding the application, please call our office at (319) 363-1403 or email us at ahni@fouroaks.org.

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What if I have questions about my application?

Please call the office at (319) 363-1403 or contact us via email at ahni@fouroaks.org and we will be happy to assist you.

Note: Please allow at least 48 hours to start processing your application; it can take longer. If you have specific questions regarding your application, please contact the office where you sent your application.

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What are your office hours?
       
  • The Hawthorne Hills office at 2283 C Street SW is open from 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • The Cedar Valley Office at 3000 J Street SW is open from 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • The Geneva Towers office at 310 5th Ave SE is open from 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

        Note: All offices are closed 12 to 1 for lunch.

       
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Do you accept Section 8?

Yes, Affordable Housing Network provides affordable rental housing in the Cedar Rapids area for people who have Section 8 (Housing Choice) vouchers. However, you do not have to have a Section 8 voucher to rent from us, as we provide other affordable housing options through alternative housing programs.

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What are Affordable Housing Network’s tenant selection criteria?

We provide affordable rental housing scattered throughout the Cedar Rapids area. In order to be approved for residency at an Affordable Housing Network property, applicants must be income eligible (household income must be at or below the appropriate income limit as established by HUD for the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area), have favorable landlord references for the past three years, demonstrate the ability to make rental payments, and pass the criminal and credit background check.

If you have questions regarding qualifications please contact us at (319) 363-1403 or via email ahni@fouroaks.org.

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What are your income guidelines?

Generally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines the income limits that AHNI must use when reviewing the income eligibility of its applicants. HUD updates these income limits on an annual basis, and these limits vary by household size and sometimes across HUD programs. Because AHNI’s properties are subsidized through different affordable housing programs, income limits may differ between properties.

If you have been determined as eligible for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (through the City of Cedar Rapids), you most likely meet the income eligibility criteria for AHNI rental units. To find out if your income meets the guidelines for an available home please refer to the "Do I Qualify " section after selecting each rental you are interested in. Please remember that there are other selection criteria that you must meet to be approved to rent from AHNI. You may also contact AHNI at (319) 363-1403 or via email at ahni@fouroaks.org to request income eligibility information for a particular AHNI property.

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Which utilities are tenants responsible for?

It depends on the apartment community. Please click the Communities tab at the top of the page for specific information. Affordable Housing Unit pays for water, trash and sewer for all apartment units; rental homes may have different criteria. For more information, please call us at (319) 363-1403 or send an email to ahni@fouroaks.org.

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Does Affordable Housing Network allow pets?

It depends on the apartment community; please click the Communities tab at the top of the page for specific information. There is a nonrefundable pet fee of $100, if approved by our Property Manager.

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When is rent due? Are there late fees?

HUD Properties—Rent is due on the 1st day of the month, there is a $5 day late fee assessed on the 6th of the month and an additional $1 each day unpaid. All Other properties—Rent is due on the 1st of the month and there is a $30 late fee assessed on the 6th of the month. Both locations have after hours drop boxes that rent can be securely dropped off at any time of the day.

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How much is rent?

It depends on the apartment and/or property. AHNI’s properties fall under different government affordable housing programs, and as such, the method used for determining rents differs across apartments and properties. For some apartments / properties, AHNI calculates rent based on 30% of the household’s adjusted income. For other properties, AHNI charges a flat rent for each unit. All AHNI facilities are at or below fair market rents in the area. Please refer to the Home Finder on the homepage for the rent for a specific apartment.

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Where are your rental homes located?

The Affordable Housing Network has apartments scattered throughout Cedar Rapids. We have a variety of different apartment types, including houses, duplexes, townhomes, single-family homes and rent-to-own homes, when available.

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Does Affordable Housing Network provide rental assistance?

The Affordable Housing Network does not provide rental assistance. The Affordable Housing Network is a nonprofit that provides affordable rental units in the Cedar Rapids area. We do accept Section 8 rental assistance. If you are seeking Section 8 rental assistance, please contact Cedar Rapids Housing Services at (319) 286-5872.

There is also rent and utility payment assistance available at www.iowarentalhelp.com, or you may call 1-877-386-9104 for details.

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Does The Affordable Housing Network provide subsidized housing?

The Affordable Housing Network provides HUD subsidized housing at our Hawthorne Hills and Geneva Towers locations (click on the Communities tab at the top for more information on Hawthorne Hills.) Rents are set at or below fair market rent. The Affordable Housing Network does accept Section 8 rental housing assistance.

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What if I have concerns about an Affordable Housing Network rental?

We appreciate your concerns and do our best to make sure all properties are well maintained. If you have a concern about one of our apartment communities please call us at (319) 363-1403 or send an email to ahni@fouroaks.org.

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What if I need assistance that Affordable Housing Network does not provide?

We recommend that you call the United Way of East Central Iowa hotline by dialing 211 (from a cell phone or pay phone, dial (319) 739-4211). United Way 211 is a free, confidential service that connects individuals and families to community resources and the services they need, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

When you dial 211, a trained professional will listen to your situation, access a database of health and human services providers, and then give you information about the most appropriate community services to meet your needs.

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