Applying for Housing

Q: I would like to speak to someone about housing options. Who can I speak with?
A:  Call Cathedral Square’s main phone number at 802-863-2224 or email us at info@cathedralsquare.org for general information about housing options and current vacancies. Our website even has virtual tours of some of our properties.

Q: Is there anyone available to help me fill out the application if I need help?
A: Yes, we have staff that is available to help answer any questions that you may have. Please contact us at 802-863-2224 or info@cathedralsquare.org to schedule an appointment at our main office located at 412 Farrell Street, Suite 100 in South Burlington.

Q: I have a relative, who is no longer able to maintain their home, but who is still able to live independently. How do I assist them with finding appropriate housing? How can I get started?
A: Your first step would be to gather information about the housing choices available for your relative, depending on their age, income and personal preferences. We offer housing details on our website, including floor plans of apartments and virtual tours of some properties. Also, available online is a rental application. Because there is often a wait-list, the sooner your relative submits his/her application the sooner they will have the opportunity to move into housing that meets their needs.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for your properties?

A: Each property has its own eligibility requirements. Please visit our individual property page for specific property requirements. For more information please contact us at info@cathedralsquare.org or at 802-863-2224.

Q: Is there a waiting list for an apartment?

A: Currently, there are wait lists for all Cathedral Square communities. As a result of this, the length of the wait list varies from site-to-site. All wait lists are maintained strictly by date of application received. There are many factors involved in filling an apartment that make it difficult to estimate the length of the wait. Openings for an apartment depend on the number of vacancies at any given community so the wait lists can vary from six months to a minimum of five years. Please call our office 802-863-2224 or email us at info@cathedralsquare.org to find out more about the properties you are interested in.

Q: How do I arrange a tour to visit a property?
A: Tours are scheduled by appointment only. You can call our main office at 802-863-2224 or email us at info@cathedralsquare.org to obtain more information about scheduling the tours. And as always, you can look through our website to view floor plans and virtual tours of Cathedral Square communities.

Q: Do you have both one and two bedroom apartments?
A: 
Most of our properties have both one- and two-bedroom apartments, but some have only one-bedroom apartments. Ruggles House and Richmond Terrace offer efficiency apartments only, and Scholar’s House has one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments.


Living in a Cathedral Square Property

Q: What are the advantages of renting with Cathedral Square?
A: Cathedral Square is resident-focused. We have an on-site SASH Coordinator or Property Manager at each of our properties to assist residents as needed. Residents have the option of joining a variety of social activities, along with exercise classes and informal educational seminars on topics of interest. We also have a maintenance staff that is on-call 24 hours, seven days a week to assist with maintenance emergencies. Cathedral Square residents get preferred placement into our Assisted Living apartments.

Q: Can I have pets?
A: Yes, each resident family may own up to two common household pets (only one of which may be a dog) to include a cat, caged bird, hamster, or fish (limit of one 10-gallon tank). A refundable pet deposit is required for each pet.


Costs and Financials 

Q: How much rent will I pay? 
A:
Rent varies by property and your household income. As described below, rental fees fall into one of three categories: subsidized, tax credit or market rate.

  • Subsidized: “Subsidized” means that the government pays part of the rent for the apartment. If your household income is low enough and you qualify by age or disability, you may be eligible for a subsidized apartment. In this case, you would pay approximately 30% of your gross annual income for rent each year. For example, if you have a gross annual income of $10,000, your rent would be approximately $3,000 a year, or $250 a month. Each year you would be “recertified” to determine whether you are still eligible.
  • Tax credit: These apartments charge reduced rent based on the tax-credit investment a bank or other private entity made to help finance the building. Income limits apply, but you can earn more than the maximum allowed for a subsidized apartment.  Rent is a set amount (it is not based on income) and may increase annually. As with subsidized apartments, you must be recertified each year to ensure you remain eligible for this program. Note: Section 8 vouchers are accepted (see below).
  • Market rate: Rent for these apartments is set at or slightly below market rate. No income limits apply, so there is no need to annually certify your income. Note: Section 8 vouchers are accepted (see below).

Q: What about Section 8 vouchers?

A: If you have a Section 8 voucher (sometimes called a “portable voucher,” because you can take it with you when you move), you can apply it to a Cathedral Square tax-credit or market-rate apartment. In this case, you would pay the same rent as you would in a subsidized apartment – about 30% of your household income. For more information or to apply for a Section 8 voucher, contact the Burlington Housing Authority (if in Burlington), the Winooski Housing Authority (if in Winooski) or the Vermont State Housing Authority.

Q: As a homeowner, I am wondering can I maintain ownership of a home and rent a Cathedral Square apartment and if I sell my home, how are the sales proceeds treated when you calculate my income eligibility?
A:
Your Cathedral Square apartment must be your primary residence. You can maintain ownership of a home while renting a Cathedral Square subsidized or tax-credit apartment, as long as any income earned or sale from the ownership does not place you over the income requirements for the apartment you are renting.

Q: If I need to be away from my apartment for several months, will Cathedral Square hold my apartment?
A:
It depends on which funding program you rent your apartment under and the reason for your absence. If you rent a subsidized or tax-credit apartment, your apartment must be your sole residence and there is a limit to how many days you may be away during a calendar year. If you rent a market-rate apartment, your apartment will be held as long as your rent is paid.

Q: Do you have to be considered low-income to reside at a Cathedral Square location?
A:
No. Approximately 10% of the housing we offer is market rate, meaning there are no income restrictions attached to the apartments.

Q: Can my partner and I rent a two-bedroom and receive rental assistance?
A:
Generally speaking it is uncommon to allow a couple to reside in a subsidized two-bedroom apartment unless there is a clearly demonstrable medical reason for the second bedroom. However, this is not the case with tax credit and market-rate apartments, where there are no restrictions on the allocation of two-bedroom apartments.