How to prepare for your eligibility appointment

list of documents needed for eligibility appointment of affordable housing lottery

To be fully prepared for your eligibility appointment you can read through the HPD marketing handbook.

The handbook provides a detailed overview of everything you will need to bring with you and what to expect after the appointment.

List of Documents Needed for Eligibility Appointment

If your household size and income meet the requirements of the affordable housing lottery that you applied for you have a chance to get selected through the lottery. If you are selected through the lottery, a marketing agent will contact you to schedule an eligibility appointment to bring copies of the documents that are required in order to further process your application. The marketing agent will provide you with a list of all documents that should be submitted at the appointment.

Below is a list of the documents that are applicable to the majority of affordable housing lottery applicants:

Proof of identity

  • Copies of government-issued IDs
  • Copies of a social security card

Proof of household size

  • Copies of marriage certificate
  • Copies of birth certificates for household members under 18
  • Proof of legal custody or guardianship of all minors

Proof of income

  • Pay stubs
  • Federal and State tax returns
  • Employment verification letter
  • Proof of other income

Assets verification

  • Bank statements
  • Investments account statements

Please note that other documents may be specified in the Eligibility Appointment Scheduling Notice. You can find a full list of documents in HPD’s Checklists & Resources Brochure.

Know Your Credit History

Although applicants cannot be disqualified based on poor credit history alone, it can have an impact on your application. Making sure information in your credit report is accurate and having a good credit score will definitely benefit your application.

In addition to that, applicants’ housing court history will be checked. It is important to be transparent about any housing court records you may have and to provide a detailed explanation of the housing court records.

Last but not least, you can start saving for at lest two months’ rent for your first month rent and security deposit.