$534 / 1br - 540ft2 - One-Bedroom Apartment ($534/month) in Low-Income Mutual Housing Coop (berkeley)

1BR / 1Ba 540ft2 available jul 15
rent period: monthly
One-Bedroom Apartment ($534/month) in Low-Income Mutual Housing Cooperative in West Berkeley

All applicants are required to be at 60% or below the area median income level. The tenant(s)' annual income shall be a minimum of $19,296 and must not exceed $71,040. Refer to the link on the application for the official income limits.

Crossroads is a no-smoking building. The one-bedroom apartment has wall-to-wall carpeting, except for the kitchen and bathroom. It is approximately 540 square feet. Suitable for 1 to 2 people (2 people max). It’s on the second floor and there are no elevators in the 26-unit, two-building cooperative. There are coin operated laundry rooms on site. The building is NOT scent free, and the walls are very thin. There are strict limitations on pets; no dogs are allowed. The building's parking garage is currently full with a waiting list. Street parking is plentiful. Pictures of a similar unit can be found here.

Tenants are expected to participate in the day-to-day management of the building. We're looking for tenants who can contribute their time and expertise on a consistent and regular basis. When filling out the application, please describe your experience, background, interests, and anything else that speaks to your future contributions if selected.

We welcome diversity and we are pleased to receive applications from persons of all ages and backgrounds. No person shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender performance, ability, familial status, or national origin in the sale, rental, or advertising of dwellings, in the provision of brokerage services or in the availability of residential real estate-related transactions.

Move-in costs:
Security deposit (equal to twice the monthly rent) plus the first month’s rent: $1,602
One-time non-refundable membership fee: $25

Key dates (please note, these dates my change without notice):
- The deadline to apply is June 16 (11:59 pm PST)
- Virtual and in-person interviews with top candidates will be held the week of July 1 (required)
- Offer will be made the week of July 8
- The move-in date is FLEXIBLE AFTER JULY 15. It can be as early as July 15th or as late as August 1st, depending on your situation.

The application.

Here is some additional info that many people find useful:

---Location is West Berkeley
---You must be low income. That is, at 60% or below the area median income level.
---No dogs are allowed.
---Strict pet policies (small, contained animals like Guina pigs are okay; cats reviewed on a case-by-case basis but generally okay).
---There are stairs. Unit is located on the second floor. There are NO elevators or lifts.
---Unit is a self-sufficient small one-bedroom apartment (with kitchen and bathroom; about 540 square feet).
---Building is NOT scent-free or low-scent.
---There is a laundry room on every floor (NOT scent-free or low scent)
---There is no insulation in the walls so SOUNDS CARRY (you may well hear your next-door neighbor snore while you lay in bed at night).
---There is a diverse (age, race, sexual orientation, and ethnicity) population of low-income folks in the building, many of older generations, and they may not be up on their pronoun game. Though (in my experience) everyone is kind and there is a sizable queer contingent, your pronouns may not always be respected by everyone in the building.
---There is a parking garage, but there is currently a long waitlist for parking (like over a year). Street parking is plentiful, but it can be physically tiring to carry groceries from one block away and then up the stairs, which is what one does without garage parking.

Most importantly:

---We are looking for someone to HELP OUT. We are looking for someone who will become part of the board of directors (we are the "landlords" of ourselves) religiously attend monthly meetings (they last about 3 hours ) and take the initiative to problem solve and help out around the cooperative in order to keep it going for everyone. Eighty percent of the people who live here have been here 30 years and are getting on in years. They have done their time and no longer have the physical and mental energy to put the work in to make Crossroads thrive. But guess what? YOU CAN HELP. You can help, and that enables some of the lowest income folks (including yourself) to have access to STABLE and AFFORDABLE housing. On your application, highlight skills you may have from previous experiences, how they would benefit our cooperative, and be very clear about how much time you are willing to commit to help out. And then follow through! There is a year probationary period, and if you don't live up to your promises of helping out, your membership will be revoked and either (a) you will be asked to leave to make room for someone who will help out or (b) your rent will be raised to near-market rate.
---Applications that are very concise (an answer of 1 to 2 sentences per question) go directly into the slush pile.

Thank you!

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