If you don’t make a lot of money and you can’t afford to pay full price for an apartment, you might want to look into Section 8 housing. Section 8 pays part of your rent so you can afford an apartment even if you have low income. Section 8 housing can be hard to get because there are so many people on the waiting list, so you want to make sure you get your application in early.
You have to go through an application process to get on a Section 8 waiting list. You have to make sure that you fill out the paperwork exactly like you are supposed to because if you make a mistake you are going to have to start all over again and you won’t get on the waiting list.
The amount of time you are on the waiting list is going to depend on how many other people are waiting for housing. In a hot market like Dallas you could be on the waiting list for 5 or more years so you have to be prepared to wait.
The worst part of Section 8 is having to wait for your housing voucher to come through. Once you get the voucher you have to find someone who is willing to take it. Some apartment managers won’t take Section 8 so you are going to need to spend some time looking around for housing.
Take your time looking for housing and make sure that the landlord takes Section 8 before you start asking around for apartments. It might take some time to search but you are eventually going to find an apartment and once you use your voucher you can move into your new apartment and you will save money.