Income based apartments are apartments for people that are in need. People that cannot afford to live in apartments under normal market circumstances turn to based on income apartments. Income based apartments are supported by HUD so that the renters only need to pay part of the rent. Although many people go through HUD and apply for these apartments, it's not a necessity. Many of these types of apartments only require that you show proof of your income. This can be done by showing your W2 from work.
To begin your search for apartments, try using websites that allow you to search for apartments by your criteria. These sites let you search by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, the area of the apartments, amount of rent etc. On the HUD.gov website, you will find that they have their own search tool that allows you to look for apartments. You should do your calculations and find out what you can afford. Not all apartments have the same rent. Some can be higher and some are lower. You also have to consider how much room you'll need. If you have a family then you'd probably want more rooms. Yet another thing you should consider is the proximity of the apartments to your work. If you live far away from work, then you can expect to spend a lot of money on gas. And with gas prices going up, you can expect to pay more every month.
When you have found a few income apartments that fit your criteria, you should go to each and inspect them. Check out the neighborhood the apartments are in. Some apartments based on income are in very good areas and others may be in not so good places. Equally important is to make sure the apartments are not loud, if you want peace and quiet. You can also ask residents living there whether they like the place they are living in. Find out if the maintenance staff fixes problems quickly.
Make a checklist of all the apartments that you visited so that you can compare and contrast later when you are making your decision to pick the right place for you to live. When you've come to a decision you can put a deposit down to hold the income based apartment.
Sometimes you might find that there is a long waiting list for income based apartments. In this economy you will see that the list may be longer than usual. The best thing to do would be to put your name on as many waiting lists as possible. You never know when you might get called by one of the apartment staff offering you a place to live. The more lists you are on, the higher your chances of getting a place.