Essex Village

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 Essex Village at (401) 884-6474 or nkleasing@schochet.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!  

Q:  What type of housing is Essex Village?  Is it low income housing?

A:  Essex Village is subsidized housing community for individuals 62 and older and disabled.  The term “subsidized housing” means that the rent is based on income.  A resident of the community pays approximately 30% of their 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, hot water, & trash. A utility allowance of $ 29.00 for one bedroom apartment and $49 for a two bedroom apartment.  This allowance is deducted off of the resident’s rent payment (meant to help the resident pay the utility bills).  The allowance amount is based on average usage for the apartment and may change annually.  Residents will still receive one electric utility bill but the allowance is intended to help pay for this bills.  Residents may still be eligible for energy assistance from the South County Community Action Program.

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:  Essex Village has 109 apartments.

Q:  How big are the apartments?

A:  Essex Village offers spacious one and two-bedroom apartments, all with accessible features, as well as a few more accessible apartments for the sensory/mobility impaired.  All the one-bedroom apartments are approximately 620 square feet and two-bedrooms are 870 square feet.

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 front of the application.

Q:  Is there a waiting list for residency?

A:  Yes, currently Essex Village has a waiting list.  Please call for the approximate waiting time.

Q:  What is the Security Deposit?

A:  There is no security deposit required at Essex Village.

Q:  Do you allow pets?

A:  Essex Village welcomes you to bring your pet along with you.  There is a limit of one animal (cat or dog) per apartment and there is a 25 lb. weight restriction.

Q:  Is there additional storage space available?

A:  There we offer a storage bin for each apartment at no additional cost.

Q:  Is there an elevator?

A: No.  There are no elevators at Essex Village.

Q:  Is parking available?

A:  Yes, Essex Village offers its residents the use of a large parking lot.

Q:  What is the cost for parking?

A:  There is no cost for parking.  

Q:  How many keys do I receive?

A:  Residents receive 2 apartment keys, a key to a locked mailbox for their apartment, and 2 access keys to the main entry.  Our main entrance is equipped with a wireless intercom system.

Q:  Are there any planned activities?

A:  Essex Village publishes a bi-monthly newsletter with a calendar showing the dates and times of various activities.  Monthly activities include coffee hours, board games, pot-luck meals, and seasonal activities such as gardening and crafts.

Q:  Are there on-site laundry facilities?

A:  There are laundry facilities in each building at Essex Village.  Each laundry room contains 2 washers and 2 dryers that are operated by smart cards.  There are folding and hanging areas as well as a wash sink for the convenience of our residents.  The laundry room is located on the ground floor.

Q:  What is the garbage/recycling process?

A:    There are trash containers conveniently located outside each building and there is a no recycling policy currently in place for this property.

Q:  Is there any public transportation available?

A:  Yes, the property is on the direct bus line and there are also services provided through the F.I.S.H. a program that transports residents to doctor appointments and grocery shopping.  Please contact an outreach representative at the NK Senior Center at (401) 268-1590 for more information.