About half of our members relocate to North Central Washington for their service year, and moving to the area is a challenge that they successfully overcome each year.
Like most AmeriCorps programs, we are unfortunately not able to reimburse members for their relocation.
We want to do everything we can to make the process of finding a place to live as easy as possible. Sometimes we do hear of people interested in renting specifically to AmeriCorps members, and we will be happy to pass this information along. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to provide housing for all of our relocating members. It is up to each individual member to find a place that meets his or her needs in terms of cost, location, and desired living environment.
If you do the following, we think you'll have a successful housing search:
- Wait until you are placed to start your housing search; it will save you time during the year to live close to your service site.
- Do some research on housing before arriving in the area. Finding a place during your first busy days of service can be challenging.
- If you're interested in living with an AmeriCorps roommate, let us know. Every year, we put together a "roommate list" of everyone interested in sharing housing to cut costs.
- Use the short list of housing research resources below. If you will be serving in a small, rural town, try checking with your new Site Supervisor to see if he or she has ideas on what housing might be available in your service community.
- Feel free to ask us what we think of a particular location. We would be happy to make sure it's in a safe neighborhood for you. Alternately, arrange for one roommate to make the trip to our area and do a housing search.
- Arrive a week early if you would prefer to make in-person housing arrangements. A whole week will give you time to look at several different places.
- Bringing a pet with you can make finding a suitable place to live a bit harder, though not impossible. Keep in mind that some places will not accept pets, or may accept cats but not dogs.
- Use this letter to help explain to potential landlords that you will have consistent employment and income, even though your income will be low.
- To save moving hassle, wait until you arrive to find second-hand furniture at garage sales and several thrift stores. Generally, finding enough decent and affordable furniture is not a hard thing in this area.
Housing and Apartment Resources
Below are a few links you may find useful in your search for finding housing in your new local community.
Area Local Paper Websites:
Property / Rental Management Information:
Huber Real Estate
Herring & Associates
Platinum Property Management