How to Get Low Income Housing Fast - Housing Waiting List Secrets

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good morning I'm going to show you

specifically how to give low-income

housing best and I'm also going to show

you how to get it to berry top of any

waiting list regardless of what program

that HUDs running so for the intended

purposes of this video I'm gonna have to

switch from you seeing me

to seeing my screen and we're gonna be

reviewing all the hoods manuals their

actual operational manuals these are the

manuals they train their people that

asks you know all the questions are

going to ask you nan to score you and I

have all of their tests and all those

scoring systems so we'll see you in a

second now what you're looking at here

is going to be what they call the

continuum of care there's two ways to

approach HUD the first is to go to the

rationale buildings or the locations and

apply it that way the other way in the

less known way is through continuum of

care these continuum of care or

locations that are specifically designed

to deal with people that are very low

income people on a verge of being

homeless or that you know people that

are actually homeless okay to give you

the short explanation of this when you

go to a HUD location at the housing that

they're gonna offer you there is a long

wait list and the housing they offered a

continuum of care is very fast in most

cases for most cities within 30 to 60

days that will generally get you into

housing and there's no the list doesn't

simply become full it's it's never full

so you can access this anytime of the

year vs. HUD and wait and then they turn

off the waiting list the second thing I

want to tell you is was a continuum of

care they allocate the largest portion

of all housing and any given City to to

that program okay and a very small

portion of all housing is actually sort

of the HUD buildings people so if you're

going to an actual head building to

apply that way what's gonna happen is

that ba ba a list of a hundred people

about the first the very top starting at

number one down to about seventy so


70% that's all going to be COC where you

gonna fall when you normally apply and

then bottom 30 unless you discuss

certain things with them that would put

you into a COC or continuum of care now

just so you understand this the

continuum of care this is their actual

so what happens is HUD creates their own

rules so you know through Housing and

Urban Development okay and that's issued

to every state which modifies these

operational manuals and then once

they've modified it they handed out to

different organizations that are going

to be the entry points which you'll go

apply at now the signs and simple

modifications to the federal rules

almost all of these assessment tests the

questions are going to ask you the

scoring systems all pretty much gonna be

the same and if you understand the

questions and how to answer if you

understand how to rank highly in two

scores you will fly to the top of the

list that is that and so that's a

certainty so with all that being said

I'm gonna start with the assessment test

and I don't know how much material we'll

be able to cover in this video but we'll

try to get through that because there

are about three or four parts to this

that you need to understand the first

thing I encourage you to do is to type

into Google continuum of care and in

whatever whatever city that you live

them and then behind that you don't want

to type in operations manual so I'm

gonna put in if you scroll down here the

system operations manual so that's what

you'd want to type into Google continuum

care system operations manual and let's

say San Francisco or Denver or whatever

and then you need to find that manual it

does my suggestion that you read the

entire manual but I'm not gonna go over

the parts that matter the most which is

basically the parts where they're going

to ask questions and test you now that

being said let's move on so we're going

to scroll through all their procedures

and this is where they train their

people to to learn in order to deal with

you and I'm sure they don't like you to

see this and here we are

now here's our first assessment test


so again you know this is for people

that are low-income or homeless or under

verge of being homeless so where did you

stay last night and they discussed being

literally homeless and not literally

okay so if you answer any of the

questions in the left side which is the

truly homeless that accounts for roughly

I think about 50% of your score okay so

if you answer those questions on the

right side not literally homeless then

you lose almost half of your ability to

score and you'll almost immediately put

yourself halfway down the list okay the

second thing I'm going to tell you is

it's a national but how many people in

your household look if you're single and

you really don't have a wipe and you

really don't have a bunch of children

then probably that's not it's really not

going to be this isn't going to help you

either way it just doesn't it may it may

only help you in the factor of you maybe

get additional rooms but it does not in

fact increase or decrease you on a list

at all your desired area of housing you

know you have six options at least for

Harris County which is Houston and it

may be more or less depending on what

state that's not gonna make going you go

up and down with us it's simply you know

you're gonna be able to put you possibly

where you want to go I would check them

all because you know sometimes housing

is very hard to get rolling down to

documentation look here here is the the

basic rules for homelessness they're

only interested in the first part of how

long you've been homeless for three

years so you're thinking about that okay

well I'm not really homeless well you

need to understand but the federal idea

of almost is all most of them would be

twelve continuous months okay - all

twelve months you have not been on the

lease that's what that's what homeless

means to them okay it doesn't mean you

lived in the woods doesn't mean a little

under bridge it simply means that you

are not on a lease and

you didn't state an area that was

designed to be habitable and that's

subjective you know it's very subjective

as to what you say yeah you can say

whatever because you're self reporting

with us you need to have your facts

straight a lot of these questionnaires

they're going to be you know in this

case there are six different dates of

locations are going to want so you need

to have your facts straight before you

ever walk in a building are you a

veteran okay so now what this is going

to do is if you check yes it's

automatically gonna take you out of the

COC and then the information that was

cussing now is gonna be of no use to

your veteran because that is an entire

different program okay so just click off

and see if we can find a video about

housing for veterans and then you'll

notice down here we'll skip these

questions there are you homeless because

someone is hurting you if you answer yes

to that you have two options you put yes

then you they're gonna immediately tell

you to call a hotline for domestic and

you are no longer to be is the COCs no

longer gonna be available to you but

they do allow you to back out of it you

can simply refuse domestic violence

issues and then they will you know then

go forward with putting you into COC so

you really need to make your decision

before you ever show up you know to

answer that question as well again this

is not going so far none of the

questions that we've dealt with are

going to make you hope to go up or down

the list okay these are only qualifiers

now let's talk about actual qualifiers

health history have you been diagnosed

with the following a serious mental

health issue developmental disability

chronic physical illness okay there's a

lot to that a serious mental illness day

the metalia if you're bipolar you know

there's a wide range of mental illnesses

okay now their idea of proof is much

lower standard so you if you do apply

for a disability because what they're

looking for is to figure out whether or

not you have a disability so

if you were to apply or a disability the

standard like to go get a Social

Security check

disability check the standard of you

having a disability is extremely high

for HUD it only actually requires a

doctor signing a paper saying that you

do in fact have one the list of mental

illnesses okay and I know that bipolar

is an automatic one but you still need a

doctor to sign it now here's the nice

part you don't actually need a

psychiatrist to do this anybody in your

state then is licensed by the state so a

therapist or a counselor that is

actually has a license in the state what

qualifies a person to sign that sheet

okay once you've established that mental

illness and you have the document saying

that pretty much they're not going to be

able to solve your mental problems over

a 12-month period then you would be

considered disabled and now and you're

pretty much secured your spot

at the top of the list okay serious

chronic development of disability those

are very obvious what those can be okay

so I don't think a lot of people

watching the video are gonna have those

chronical physical illness now let me

tell you any issue that cannot be healed

within 12 months if you have a pen

seriously looking at their list if you

have asthma hepatitis C if you have disc

problems and your back anything that

limits you or your ability to work then

a doctor can sign for would be

considered a disability and like I said

a later point I'll show you all the

different things that can be considered

but anything and doctors willing to sign

for because I told you the threshold was

very low under HUDs idea and what a

disability is compared to going and

getting a disability check mm-hmm

substance use disorder now this is a

very tricky one if you answer it wrong

you will burn yourself if you drink

alcohol and it causes you a problem you

can get a doctor a counselor to sign for

that if you abuse your pain

prescriptions you can go and get a

doctor to sign for that but here's where

it goes into that dark area Hunt

not lying when you say you had you use

in illegal drugs okay so if you if

you're using crack cocaine or something

like that or heroin

you better just keep it to yourself

because that is going to affect you and

how you're going to be able to apply

okay I'm not going to say anything

further about it but if you're using

illegal substances it's going to affect

your ability to be on the list and it's

also going to affect your ability to get

into buildings okay so just avoid that

question have you ever been

involuntarily hospitalized and any point

in your life or you had a breakdown and

you spend at least one night and and

some type of mental institution was in

the past five or seven years that's

about as long as I keep medical records

then that is going to help you and I

will show you later um ER times look a

lot of people are homeless or low-income

we've all done it you know we we use the

yarn as a place where you get your

medical gear because you don't have

money the main goal is they're looking

for hospitalizations that have been in

the last six months okay anything past

six months they don't care and it's not

gonna help you go up or down a list at

all all right and I'm gonna show you the

scoring system or the questions they're

asking so like I said we're still just

qualifying you do you have health

insurance doesn't matter either way well

how that goes however it does prove that

you are productive and you make an

income at least seventeen thousand

dollars okay and do you have Medicare

Medicaid I'm not you know except with

the health insurance and Medicaid I'm

not sure that helps or hurt you in any

way it doesn't seem to have any any

factor in her scoring system that I can

see other than you might be saving them

a little bit of money your criminal

history is actually really important and

will help you score high okay how many

times you've been incarcerated in jail

in the last two years it man what they

mean by that is not how many times how

many times have you been

Rustom have you you know have you been

in four felonies misdemeanors have you

been trespassing you know one day here

two days there look they count up to

four incarceration so if you've been to

jail four times in the last six months

to a year then you know you're gonna

rank highly do you have a past felony

convictions that is a certain that is

another qualifying question and it's

only because the system was gonna want

to know what housing not to give you

because some some landlords just don't

want people with abilities do not lie

about that okay because once you do go

apply for housing you still you know

your application still has to be

approved by that place or the person

running the home and so if you lie now

you're gonna get yourself in trouble so

be honest about that and they do have

housing for people with all kinds of

convictions okay have you or anyone that

lives with you been convicted of sexual

offense now what that's gonna do is when

they enter that question in the system

Ed's going to really narrow your options

and again your mouth so just be honest

they will find out it's not going to

affect how far up or down the list you

go please describe your current

employment situation or income look the

more money you make the farther down the

list you're going to go that's just how

it works okay do you currently have an

income where does your income come from

now you know number two question number

two and these are just small qualifiers

it's not going to make you really go up

and down the list unless you'd make a

lot of money so I would just be very

honest about that but I can tell you if

you make it 143 thousand a year you're

gonna have problems okay yeah they're

probably not going to be able to take

you in to the coordinates EOC system

you'll have to go to normal HUD how

often you get to work for solutions

they're gonna be looking at that simply

because they want to know whether or not

you've been looking for work and they do

keep a record add to work for solutions

and that's something that's specific to

Texas and your own state most station or

through their food stamp office so if

the Health and Human Services and

provide employment

um do you do you need to secure

disability income look don't have a

complicated situation okay you're

already there to get housing through HUD

oh you really should take if you're

trying to get disability income make

sure you have somebody advocating from a

different agency okay so I was briefly

cut off there so that was actually the

last thing I need to discuss with you is

about securing the disability income

look just let other people navigate for

you when it comes to that now these are

all justifying questions I think I'm

pretty clear on how you should answer

those down

it really doesn't depend would COC or

what city town county or state that you

live in these questions are almost

always going to be very much the same

okay so and I think that you should

approach them the way that I tell you if

you don't then you're only gonna make

you're gonna make getting housing for

you more difficult now then in the next

video we're going to be discussing your

actual prioritization - and there are

two different types and I'm going to

show you exactly how one can fail this

and get very low points and how one can

get very high points so if I were you I

would join me for that because that is

the actual test so they'll be verbally

asking you questions and depending on

how you answer they're shakily gonna

start entering points one point for this

two points for that seven points for

this and again this is probably

something they don't want you to see so

yeah I would come back from the second

video for this thank you