It began in Boston with our vision ... We are a national nonprofit that is the primary website to apply online for all types of housing. We see City and State governments, HUD, property owners and millions of people joining our effort for easy common access to all affordable housing.
We envision fewer low-income and homeless families as well as apartment managers struggling with bureaucracy, archaic paper applications and the unmanageable, daunting waitlist system. We believe a central U.S. housing application system is inevitable.
A brief history
In April 2018, affordable housing management leaders and software development professionals in Boston established American Community Team Incorporated, a Massachusetts nonprofit. For over two years now, our team has been planning design requirements and reviewing available industry software in depth to develop Common Rent App. In that time ACT received its federal 501c3 charity status and funding.
Where we are today
We have now acquired industry software that comes to our nonprofit at no cost as a public benefit. The software needs some redevelopment then phased deployment of Common Rent App. The software will create one central place for the public to find all types of affordable housing, and more importantly apply and track applications. It will sync with housing management software.
We have been talking with leaders in affordable housing at all levels - federal, state, and local in both the public and private sectors. National for-profit and nonprofit affordable housing owners are leading the charge, but we have also begun early conversations with HUD for the inevitable national application system. We are speaking with the leaders in the state of Massachusetts, who are organizing a similar fashioned database of all affordable housing both public and private. On the local level the city of Boston and local housing authorities are willing to meet with us.