We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have. If you would like more information, please call Independence Square at 812-428-0362. We look forward to hearing from you!
Q: What type of housing is Independence Square? Is it low income housing?
A: Independence Square is a subsidized housing community for seniors 62 years of age and older and those who are mobility impaired and over the age of 18. 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, water and an allowance for electricity. 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: Independence Square has 122 apartments.
Q: How big are the apartments?
A: Independence Square offers one-bedroom apartments, as well as a few more-accessible apartments for the mobility impaired. For square footage, one-bedroom apartments and accessible apartments are approximately 546 to 805 square feet in size.
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 Independence Square 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 $50. If paying the security deposit provides too much of a hardship, you may pay a portion of the security deposit at the time of move-in and set up a payment schedule for the remaining amount.
Q: Is there an elevator?
A: Yes, there are two elevators located at the entrance of the building.
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: Independence Square prints a monthly calendar showing the dates and times of various activities. Monthly activities include bingo, cards games, board games, pot-luck meals, seasonal activities such as gardening, and knitting/sewing for our Project H.A.N.D.S. program. There is also a puzzle and craft room used daily for doing puzzles and other various crafting projects.
Q: Are there on-site laundry facilities?
A: There is one laundry center at Independence Square. It contains coin-operated washers and coin-operated dryers with folding and hanging areas and a sink for the convenience of our residents. This center is located on the first floor.
Q: What is the garbage/recycling process?
A: There is a garbage center on each floor of the building specifically for garbage/recycling purposes. Inside, there is a chute to dispose of trash directly into a dumpster. There are labeled bins for all recyclables.
Q: Is there any public transportation available?
A: Yes, currently the city of Evansville has a transit service called the METS. This service stops at our door and takes residents along a route throughout the city to the grocery store, departments stores, local restaurants, and other locations.