Housing Search

So I am going through the motions of trying to find an apartment that will take my veteran housing voucher.  A lot of landlords won’t accept the voucher as it is associated with HUD and people on HUD don’t exactly have a reputation as good tenants.

I managed apartments many years ago and the HUD people that were in my complex didn’t work and were dirty, loud and let their children run around unattended being dirty and loud.  Ugh.  I hate being associated with that.

I have come up with a little email to send to people advertising on Craigslist to perhaps break through this barrier.  I will share it below.  I am also not going to tell potential landlords that I have been living in a van for the last almost 4 years!  I will tell them I was either staying with friends or perhaps an even bigger lie, was living with my boyfriend-but not on the lease or he was a home owner)  What do you guys think sounds better?  If this doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world but it’s worth a try right?

Hello there,  If you are looking for a clean, quiet, stable tenant who will stay a long time, I’m your gal.  I have no pets, I don’t smoke (no cigarettes or pot).  I’m older, somewhat educated and a military veteran. I don’t come with any baggage such as drug addiction or things like that.
I stayed at my last apartment for 8 years and left on good terms with my landlords.  If I can get in touch with them, they will give me a good reference.
If you approve me, you will never have to worry about my rent being paid because I have been approved for a veteran’s rental assistance program where I pay one third of my income toward rent and the Veteran’s Administration covers the rest.
I would like to meet up with you so you can feel comfortable about my worth as a tenant. Please give me a call at *************
Wish me luck!

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Housing Search

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I wish U luck, but… what does HUD mean ???

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Housing and Urban Development. That is the agency that gives out the housing vouchers. I got one because I’m a homeless veteran. Some people get them because they can’t work or something. Some families have been getting free housing for generations. Must be nice huh?

  2. B says:

    Sounds good. I’d go with “staying with friends”. That has happened for you often enough that it’s not far from complete truth.

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