40% of Napa County households are deemed low or very low income, earning 80% or less of the area median income. Many families are paying 50% or more of their income for housing or living in overcrowded or substandard housing in order to keep the cost down.
Many earn $9.00 to $10.00 per hour, working for retail stores, hotels and resorts, wineries, nursing homes, landscaping companies, banks and other service jobs. Some are seniors, living on modest, fixed incomes. Others are people with special needs and disabilities.
Firstly, families must income-qualify. They can earn no more than 60% of the area median income which, in Napa County, equates to about $36,180 per year for a single person or $51,660 for a family of four.
Those who wish to be considered must undergo a screening process, due both to management policy and to satisfy the requirements of lenders and government entities who have partnered with NVCH to make this housing possible.
Prospective residents are asked to complete a detailed application and family interview. Income and assets must be verified by a third party, and reports gathered from previous landlords and from credit and criminal reporting sources. Letters of reference are also required as well as copies of supporting documents such as tax returns, state or national photo identification cards, social security identification, bank statements, etc.Once offered an apartment, residents must agree to follow the house rules, set for each property and to meet the terms and conditions of our resident lease. In these documents, we set standards that encourage responsible behavior and ensure that our properties are clean, safe and operate efficiently. Living at our properties also requires that residents be respectful of one another, of property management staff and those living in the surrounding neighborhood.
Each property has its own management office and application process. If you or your family would like to rent an apartment at one of our NVCH properties, please contact the property directly. When you call, the property staff can answer questions regarding availability, waiting lists and application requirements.
Each property has its own screening criteria. You can contact each property of interest and discuss the screening process with the Management Office staff. Each property maintains its own waiting list. In general, households that have been waiting the longest are considered first for openings, however, consideration is also given to family size and other special needs and preferences, which are matched with the available unit.
Effective July 1, 2015, Napa Valley Community Housing (NVCH) will no longer accept waiting list applications at our corporate office located at 150 Camino Dorado, Napa, CA 94558 on behalf of our apartment communities. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for one of our apartment communities, you must contact the property's managemnet office. Each property's Management Office contact information is listed here on our Resource Sheet.
Waiting lists are open for the following NVCH properties:
The Reserve at Napa (Seniors 62 Years +)
Waiting lists are now closed for the following NVCH properties:
Arroyo Grande Villas
Magnolia Park Townhomes
Mount Avenue Cottages
Napa Park Homes
Oak Creek Terrace
Silverado Creek Apartments
Schoolhouse Court Family Homes
The Courtyard at Oran Court
Villa de Adobe
Vista del Valle
Whistle Stop Townhomes
Yount Street Apartments