The Application Process
Taking the First Step
The button below will take you to the agency website where you will complete a pre-application for the Section 8 Voucher that will be reviewed by agency staff. You will then be added to the site based wait list.
What You'll Need for Site Interview
In order to begin processing your application, we must have the following information and documentation...
View Site Rental Criteria
Please be sure to check that you meet the criteria required to apply and live here.
The Application Life Cycle
The application for occupancy at Keystone Family Homes can be confusing for applicants since it is administered by two different groups. It is actually a two-step process for applicants working with both the agency and the Allied Orion site management staff to complete the admission process. This process can best be illustrated below:
Applying for residency at Keystone Family Homes is a two-step process which involves interaction with both the Housing Authority of Springfield and the Allied Orion Group as the site managers. The Housing Authority issues the rental assistance in the form of project based vouchers and the management group verifies eligibility for occupancy and the other affordable programs in place. The process begins as follows below:
- Applicant Completes Pre-Application with the Housing Agency
Tabbing on the link below will take you to the agency website where you will complete a pre-application that will be reviewed by agency staff. You will then be added to the site based wait list.
- Submittal to Agency Wait List
The pre-application will be reviewed by agency staff. Please complete the pre-application in its entirety. The pre-application when completed will be uploaded to the site based wait list.
- Waitlist Selection by Agency
Applicants are pulled from the site waitlist and sent notifications for formal briefings.
- Briefing Notification Sent to Applicant
The notification will include what documents and materials you will need to bring to your scheduled briefing in order to complete the formal application a Section 8 voucher. However, there will be additional materials and the apartment deposit that will be required on that day to complete your interview/application with the site management staff. Click to view this list of materials, or view the button link at the top of this page.
- Briefing for Eligibility for The Section 8 Program
The Housing Authority of Springfield will meet with you during a briefing to discuss your eligibility for the Section 8 program. All documents requested by the Section 8 department in their correspondence must be presented at that time by the applicant for verification for eligibility.
- Voucher Issuance
The Section 8 voucher is issued after eligibility for the program is confirmed..
- Referral to Onsite Management
Once the agency has confirmed eligibility, and the voucher is issued, you will be re-directed and referred by the Housing Authority of Springfield to the property administrative office to complete an application for occupancy at the site and eligibility for the other affordable programs that are in place at Keystone Family Homes. Allied Orion staff members will be on hand to assist you with any questions that you might have during the application process.
- Interview for Eligibility for The Tax Credit/Affordable Programs
Applicants will meet with site staff at the actual property administrative office. A “What You Will Need List” of documents is attached below. You will need to present all the requested documents during your interview and complete an application for admittance to the site and the other affordable programs in place which includes, a background/criminal check.
- Payment of Deposit
Payment of the deposit will be required on the day of your interview and they are as follows by bedroom size on this link.
- Assignment of Unit Number/Address
A unit number/address will be assigned on the day of the interview.
- Eligibility Verification for The Tax Credit/Affordable Programs
Eligibility will be determined based on the application that you complete and the documents that you present during your interview.
- Final Approval for Eligibility
Third party verification will be required so it might take several days for completion by the site staff. Your file is also reviewed by Allied Orion corporate staff to ensure eligibility with the affordable programs.
- Applicant Notification of Eligibility
The Allied Orion site staff will notify you in writing and possibly by telephone that your eligibility for occupancy at Keystone Family Homes has either been confirmed or denied.
- Assignment of Move in Date
The site staff will confirm the date of your move in and assist you with any questions that you might have concerning your move, utility connections, etc.
- Applicant Moves In
The site staff walks your apartment on the date of move-in assuring move in readiness. The lease, addendums, and all other supporting lease documents are signed and completed with the site staff. Keys are issued. Pro-rated rent if due is paid and the site staff will walk your new apartment with you to ensure your satisfaction with your new home.
WELCOME TO KEYSTONE FAMILY HOMES!
Special Note About Operations Due to the Covid19 Pandemic
Some processes might be adjusted due to operating challenges presented by the pandemic. We will strive at all times to keep residents, personnel, applicants, and vendors safe, therefore precautions have been put in place. Please follow the instructions of both site management and the agency regarding these precautions during your interactions with both agency and site staff.
Questions? We’d love to help!
Give us a call, or send us a message below, and we’ll try to help you navigate through our application process.