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How to Choose Housing

life_findahome_thmbTransitioning from a group home into a home of your own is an exciting time. But do you know where to look for a place to live? How do you know if the neighborhood is safe? How do you determine how much you can afford to pay in rent or a mortgage? What if you need assistance finding low-income housing?

When you first strike out on your own, renting an apartment or a room may be the best option for you, particularly while you are balancing work and school. But, there are many factors to consider before you choose your new home. Does the landlord allow pets? How close are you to public transportation? Are utilities included in the rent? Is a security deposit required?

Finding an apartment doesn’t have to be hard. Online resources like Virginia Housing and Development Authority’s (VHDA) new online statewide search tool is a one-stop resource that can help you find the right place for you to live here. Another great resource is the Apartment Guide. This online database of apartments across Virginia also searches different cities and areas across the state to help you choose a place to live.

Maybe you’ve looked at a few places but you’re finding the rents to be a little out of your price range. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers subsidized and public housing options for individuals who qualify. Find out if this is an appropriate solution for you here.

If you’ve decided homeownership might be a good option for you, this Casey Family programs series offers information specific to finding and keeping housing resources for practitioners.

Virginia Housing Search

This new searchable database from the Virginia Housing Development Authority is a one-stop resource for individuals looking for housing opportunities throughout the state, including affordable, low-income and accessible options.

A major initiative of The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
Virginia's Community Colleges
Funded in part by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation