How to apply for housing at Ripley Housing Authority

Because there is such a high demand for affordable housing in our community, vacant apartments are usually filled from eligible families on our waiting list.  The FIRST STEP in obtaining housing is by completing a paper application.  Once the application is received, it will be processed and the family will be placed on our waiting list in the order it was received by date and time.  The family will receive a letter indicating their placement on the waiting list.  As a family nears the top of the waiting list, all adult family members will be asked to come in to the office and provide additional information which will be required to determine their final eligibility for housing. Once an apartment is available that meets the family’s space need, it will be offered.

Here’s a summary of the process:

  1. Completely fill out a paper application.
  2. The application is processed and the family is placed on the waiting list based on date and time of their application.
  3. A confirmation letter of placement on the waiting list sent to applicant.
  4. As the family moves closer to the top of the list, adult family members will be required to come to the office and provide additional information.
  5. Leasing staff will offer an apartment as soon as one is available.


How long will I have to wait for an apartment?

It is difficult to predict the answer to this question exactly.  In general, we hope to be able to house families within three to six months from their application date.  However, that time could be shorter or longer depending on unit size and vacancy rates.  We do our very best to house families as quickly as possible.

Can I move in quicker if I am homeless or need emergency housing?

Unfortunately, Ripley Housing Authority does not have emergency housing.  Our policy requires that we offer apartments based on the date and time stamp of applications received for the bedroom size the family is eligible to receive.  The only exception to that rule is in the event of a natural disaster.