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Bath Housing has three distinct housing applications.

1.) Apply to live in one of our apartments with rental assistance (Subsidized Properties)

  • Click on the following link to print and fill out this application: Preliminary Application – Subsidized 2019
  • You can bring this in to our office at 80 Congress Ave Bath, ME 04530, or email us at
  • Income Limits apply on most apartments, see chart below
  • The Application Process for a Bath Housing Apartment with rental assistance:
    1. The applicant submits a completed application to be placed on the waiting list.
    2. The applicant responds promptly to requests for information and keeps their contact information up-to-date with Bath Housing.
    3. Applicants at the top of the waiting list will be offered apartments as they become available.
    4. If the applicant refuses three offers, their name will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
    5. A lease will be signed annually between the applicant and Bath Housing.
  • Bath Housing has admission preferences that give certain households the opportunity to be screened for eligibility ahead of applicants that do not have a preference.  Bath Housing gives preferences to the following:
    • If the household lives in Bath, West Bath, Woolwich, Georgetown, Arrowsic or Phippsburg
    • If at least one member of the household works in in Bath, West Bath, Woolwich, Georgetown, Arrowsic or Phippsburg.  For the purpose of this preference, work includes participation in an educational or job training program, volunteerism, and attending school.
    • A family whose head of household or spouse is sixty-two (62) years of age or older.
    • A family whose head of household or spouse has a physical or mental disability.

    Please note that you will be required to verify any preference(s) claimed at the time you are offered housing.  If you have need to update information on your existing application, please submit this form:  Applicant Contact Update and Additional Contact Release 1.2020

2.) Apply to live in one of our apartments without rental assistance (Market Rate Properties)

3.)  Apply for a Housing Choice Voucher

There are two ways to apply for a Housing Choice Voucher:

  • Bath Housing participates in the Maine Centralized HCV Waiting List.  This means you can complete an on-line application, update, check your status, and even print an application receipt.  This is available at:  http://mainesection8centralwaitlist.org/.
  • If you wish to come into our office to turn in your application (you will be placed on the list after our office processes), the form is here: Preliminary Application Packet REVISED 4-26-2019.docx
  • Income Limits apply, see chart below
  • The Application Process for a Housing Choice Voucher
    1. The applicant submits a completed application to be placed on the waiting list.
    2. The applicant responds promptly to requests for information and notifies Bath Housing of any change in address or contact information.
    3. After receiving a voucher, the applicant chooses a rental unit.
    4. The applicant completes paperwork for Bath Housing to inspect the unit.
    5. If the unit passes inspection, the applicant and landlord sign a lease, and Bath Housing will sign a contract with the landlord.
    6. After the signing, the applicant may move into the unit.
    7. The applicant pays their share of the rent (typically around 30% of their income) to the landlord and Bath Housing will pay the balance of the rent to the landlord.
  • Bath Housing has admission preferences that give certain households the opportunity to be screened for eligibility ahead of applicants that do not have a preference.  Bath Housing gives preferences to the following:
    • If the household lives in Bath, West Bath, Woolwich, Georgetown, Arrowsic or Phippsburg
    • If at least one member of the household works in in Bath, West Bath, Woolwich, Georgetown, Arrowsic or Phippsburg.  For the purpose of this preference, work includes participation in an educational or job training program, volunteerism, and attending school.
    • A family whose head of household or spouse is sixty-two (62) years of age or older.
    • A family whose head of household or spouse has a physical or mental disability.

    Please note that you will be required to verify any preference(s) claimed at the time you are offered housing. If you need to change information on your application after it has been submitted, please fill out and submit the following forms:  HUD Additional Contact Form and CWL Change Form REVISED 4-26-2019.docx.

Income Limits for Bath and Sagadahoc County

Effective 04/1/2020

  • Housing Choice Vouchers: Very Low Income (VLI 50% AMI)
  • Seacliff Seniors and Seacliff Family: Very Low Income (VLI 50% AMI)
  • Anchorage, Moorings, Dike’s Landing: Low Income (LI 80% AMI)
  • Family Properties: range from 50% AMI to no income restrictions

Family Size            Low (80% AMI)            VLI (50% AMI)
1                              $44,000                            $27,500
2                              $50,250                            $31,400
3                              $56,550                            $35,350
4                              $62,800                            $39,250
5                              $67,850                            $42,400
6                              $72,850                            $45,550

General Housing Search Tips

We have found the best luck searching for housing using Craigslist. In addition, Maine Housing has two ways to identify subsidized housing options. Note, however, that these properties will often have long waiting lists.

To find real time vacancies/available apartments:

  • Google search “Craigslist Maine Housing” or click on the following link:  https://maine.craigslist.org/search/apa?
  • Tips:
    • Search by zip code (ex: 04011 for Brunswick or 04530 to get the Bath area) and by the number of miles away that you are willing to look.
    • Narrow your search by entering the most ($ amount) you can pay for rent each month.  
    • You can also look for room rentals and short-term/temporary living situations while you continue to search for something long term.
    • Worried about scams? Scroll to the bottom of the sidebar (in the Search/list page), you will see in red letters: “avoiding scams”.  Click on that for tips on how to filter through and respond to postings wisely.   The avoiding scams tips link also may be found at the bottom of every individual posting. 

MaineHousing

MaineHousingSearch

MaineHousing offers a free, state online web-based resource for renters and property managers in Maine. The dynamic search options allow you to find affordable, accessible and market-rate housing that will fit your needs. Please note that this is a way to find housing complexes that offer subsidies or below-market rents and the contact info for the property management companies at those properties. It does not necessarily show current vacancies as many of these properties have waiting lists.

Click here to get to the site: https://www.mainehousingsearch.org/

Subsidized/Affordable Housing Listings in Maine

MaineHousing also publishes a county by county list of subsidized and affordable properties in Maine: https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/subsidized-housing                                                                                                                        …

More Tips:

  • Make notes of when you applied and where you applied.  Follow up by phone or email with the property management company to check on the status of your application and make sure they have all the information they need. 
  • If you have a housing voucher – make that clear on your application and tell the property manager! 
  • If your address or phone number changes, send a written update of your contact information (by email or a note in the mail) – otherwise your application may end up being withdrawn (especially if mail is returned to sender).  If that happens, you would have to reapply and start the wait clock over with a new application date.