How to Apply

The application process

A step by step guide

We have a VERY short waiting list for 2 bedroom units. Qualifying applicants include, but are not limited to: a person with a medical need (like therapy or exercise equipment) in the 2nd bedroom, a person with a live in aide (aide’s income is not counted towards household income!!) or any 2 persons with a familial relationship

Moving into your new home is only a few simple steps away! If you have any questions about the application process along the way, please contact us.

Step one: Eligibility

The Housing Authority provides affordable housing for persons who are:

  • Over 55
  • Senior citizens (over 62 years old)
  • Living with a disability
  • Families with children
  • And have gross annual income below the HUD established limits for River Falls.
  • Households with family members who have been convicted of criminal activity are not eligible for housing.

Step two: Application

An eligible household may complete and return an application to the Housing Authority office. You may receive and complete an application one of the following ways:

  • In person: pick up an application at 625 N. Main Street
  • By phone: contact 715-425-7640 to have an application mailed to you
  • On-line: for a printable application CLICK HERE

All applications must be signed and returned to the office with:

  1. A legible copy of a current a driver’s license or photo ID for all adults in the household
  2. A copy of every household member’s social security card.

Step three: Waiting list

A police record background check is completed on every adult household member to determine eligibility. Applications from eligible households will be placed on the waiting list as of the date and time the completed application is received. The length of the waiting list varies building-by-building. The Housing Authority will determine the number of bedrooms for which the household is eligible. Applicants will be notified by mail of the estimated length of the wait for the building(s) they’ve selected. Applicants are responsible for notifying the Housing Authority of any changes in mailing address or family composition during the wait.

Step four: Interview

Applicants will be notified by mail to contact the Housing Authority to schedule an interview when their name nears the top of the list. During the interview, all information needed to determine rent and eligibility will be discussed. Applicant will be asked about income, assets, medical expenses, childcare expenses and rental references. Come to the interview prepared; bring any of the following information that applies:

  • A copy of your most recent Social Security award letter
  • Address of employer or other income source including pensions and IRAs
  • Addresses of all assets including stock, bonds, mutual funds or other investments
  • Addresses of all previous landlords.
  • Senior citizens or disabled persons should bring addresses of any ongoing medical expenses including medical insurance
  • Family applicants should bring addresses of child care providers

Step five: Viewing the apartment. The Housing Authority will show a vacant apartment to applicants at the time of the interview.

C O N T A C T   U S

Let’s talk housing.

River Falls Housing Authority professionally manages the properties with excellent administrative and maintenance staff. Contact our office today for more information on your new home.

Business hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm.