Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I apply to more than one property using one application?

In some cases, yes. Some properties share an application if they are located close to each other, while others have separate applications. On each house page, you will find application materials. If more than one house is listed on the application, you can use that form to apply to one or all of the properties listed.

How long is the wait list?

The length of the wait list varies at each house. Wait times may be as little as a few months, but are more often a year or longer.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes, pets are accepted in Providence Supportive Housing provided they meet certain size and weight restrictions. For details, you can request the Pet Policy for the house(s) you are interested in.

If you have a service or assistance animal, please request the Assistance Animal Policy.

How big are the apartments?

Most of our houses consist of one-bedroom apartments that are approximately 540 square feet. All apartments include a private kitchen, private bathroom, living room and bedroom.

All apartments at Providence Vincent House in Seattle, and some apartments at Providence House Yakima are studio apartments with private kitchens and bathrooms. Both Providence House Oakland and Providence Joseph House in Seattle have a few two-bedroom apartments. Providence John Gabriel House will consist of studios, 1- and 2- bedroom apartment.

How many people can apply to live in the apartment?

The occupancy standards for our apartments are listed in the Tenant Selection Plan. Generally, no more than two people are allowed per bedroom.

Am I allowed to have guests?

Yes, guests, including overnight guests, are welcome, with some time restrictions on length of stay. All guests are subject to the guest policy as outlined in the House Rules for each property.

What activities are offered?

Every house is different, but all offer a variety of activities intended to promote community engagement. Examples include yoga, tai chi, computer education, ESL, potlucks, holiday celebrations, blood pressure screenings, foot care and much more.

Are meals provided?

No, but every apartment has its own kitchen. Residents are responsible for providing their own meals.

How much is the monthly rent?

Your portion of the total monthly rent is approximately 30% of your household’s monthly income, and is re-calculated and verified at least annually. The remainder of the total rent is paid to the house through a subsidy by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

What documents do I need?

When your application reaches the top of the waitlist, you will be asked to provide a variety of information that helps us determine your eligibility and calculate your rent. HUD requires us to collect a copy of your ID, Social Security Card and alien registration information (if applicable). You will also be required to provide information about your income, assets, and medical expenses.

Does rent include utilities?

Residents are responsible for their own electricity bills. Other public utilities (water, sewer, garbage) are covered by the rent.

Do you take Section 8?

At Providence John Gabriel House in Redmond Washington, we can accept Housing Choice Vouchers, and encourage voucher holders to apply.

All other apartments are subsidized through HUD or local housing authorities, therefore we cannot accept a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher in those apartments. If you currently have a voucher, you may still apply for those apartments, but you may be required to give up your voucher, depending on the rules of the housing authority that issued it to you.

Is Supportive Housing like Assisted Living?

Supportive Housing does not employ any medical staff, and is therefore different from Assisted Living. Residents live independently, or may have a caregiver providing support.

Am I eligible if I am disabled?

Yes. Providence Supportive Housing programs are subject to Fair Housing Law and therefore may not discriminate against people with disabilities. Apartments may be available for people with mobility, hearing or vision disabilities. 

Can I apply if I have a criminal background?

Per HUD rules, we are unable to provide housing to people with certain criminal backgrounds, including registered sex offenders and people with certain drug-related offenses. Other violent crimes may also be grounds for denial of an application for housing. For a complete outline of our screening criteria, please review the Tenant Selection Plan for the house(s) you are interested in applying to.

Is smoking allowed?

No. Providence Supportive Housing facilities are smoke-free, including in resident apartments. 

Do I have to be Catholic to live at Providence?

No. We welcome everyone who meets eligibility requirements. We provide equal housing opportunities for all prospective tenants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, parental/family status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, creed, political ideology, gender, gender identity, or membership in any other class of persons.