We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have. If you have a question not covered in this section, or if you would like more information, please call Creekbend Gardens at 713-272-7717. We look forward to hearing from you!
Q: What type of housing is Creekbend Gardens? Is it low income housing?
A: Creekbend Gardens is a subsidized housing community for seniors, including those who are mobility/sensory impaired, over the age of 62+. The term “subsidized housing” means that the rent is based on income. A resident of the community pays approximately 30% of their adjusted gross income as rent.
Q: Who pays the remainder of rent?
A: The remainder of the rent is paid in the form of a subsidy. If a resident qualifies for a subsidy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a U.S. government agency, will pay the remainder of the rent.
Q: How is rent calculated?
A: Resident rent is based on approximately 30% of income. A good estimate of your rent would be to take 30% of your gross annual income and divide it by 12 months. This will give you an estimate of what your monthly rent could be.
Q: What does the rent include?
A: Monthly rental of the apartment, as well as heat, water and an electric allowance. An electric allowance is a certain amount taken off of the resident’s rent payment meant to help the resident pay the electric bill. The allowance amount is based on average usage for the apartment and may change annually. Residents will still receive an electric bill, but the allowance is intended to help pay for it. Residents may still be eligible for energy assistance from the state.
Q: Is there a lease?
A: Yes, there is a one-year lease, but we understand the necessity of unanticipated move-outs.
Q: How many apartments are there?
A: Creekbend Gardens has 80 apartments.
Q: How big are the apartments?
A: Creekbend Gardens offers spacious one-bedroom apartments (approximately 550 square feet) as well as a few more-accessible apartments for the sensory/mobility impaired.
Q: How do I get started with the move in process?
A: Simply fill out an application completely, sign it and mail it to the address on the back of the application.
Q: Is there a waiting list for residency?
A: Yes, currently Creekbend Gardens has a waiting list. Please call for the approximate waiting time.
Q: What is the Security Deposit?
A: The Security Deposit is the same as one month’s full rent (before the electric allowance) with a minimum of $35. This deposit is due in full at the signing of the lease.
Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Creekbend Gardens welcomes you to bring your pets along with you. Fish and birds are welcomed without a deposit. We also welcome small dogs and cats with a pet deposit. There is a limit of one animal (cat or dog)per apartment and there are certain size and breed restrictions.
Q: What is the Pet Deposit?
A: The pet deposit is the same amount as the security deposit with a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $300. We can make payment arrangements for this deposit. Beginning with $50 and then a monthly payment of $10 until the deposit is paid in full.
Q: Is there additional storage space available?
A: There is no additional storage available, each style of apartment offers a small amount of storage space.
Q: Is there an elevator?
A: Yes, there are two elevators located in the front of the building easily accessible by all residents, on all floors.
Q: Is parking available?
A: Yes, Creekbend Gardens offers its’ residents the use of two parking lots, one in the front of the building, for guests, and a secure parking lot in the back, for residents.
Q: What is the cost for parking?
A: There is no cost for parking.
Q: How many keys do I receive?
A: Residents receive an apartment key, a key to a locked mailbox for their apartment, and an access key to the main entry. Our main entrances are intercom controlled and automatically open with the key.
Q: Are there any planned activities?
A: Creekbend Gardens prints a monthly calendar showing the dates and times of various activities. Monthly activities.
Q: Does Creekbend Gardens offer classes?
A: Yes, English classes taught by volunteers.
Q: Does Creekbend Gardens offer translation services?
A: Yes, volunteers are available ( as available) to translate in English, Spanish and numerous Asian languages.
Q: Is there a computer room?
A: Yes, Creekbend Gardens offer the residents the use of a computer room.
Q: What other service s are provided?
A: A monthly bus trip is provided by the Harris County District. This trip is resident coordinated and the bus is donated time and transportation from Harris County.
Q: Are there on-site laundry facilities?
A: One laundry center is located at Creekbend Gardens. Each contains four coin operated washers and four coin operated dryers with folding and hanging areas. This center is located on the second floor.
Q: What is the garbage/recycling process?
A: There is a garbage center on each floor of the building specifically for garbage purposes. Inside, there is a chute to dispose of trash directly into a dumpster.
Q: Is there any public transportation available?
A: Yes, currently the city of Houston has a transit service called the Metro Lift. This service stops at our door and takes residents along a route throughout the city to the grocery store, department stores, local restaurants, and other locations. A schedule is available by calling 713-225-0119.