Why do I have to join a reservation list to live at Leather Trades? 
The answer is relatively simple: Leather Trades offers artists unique apartment homes and an abundance of amenities all at an affordable price. The combination has created high demand for apartment homes. Our reservation list provides an opportunity for highly interested people to secure a home before the general public when one becomes available.

How do I reserve an apartment home at Leather Trades?
Although Leather Trades is typically 100% occupied, we invite you to reserve an apartment by filling out a pre-application.  Completion of the pre-application will allow you to join the reservation list in the order your reservation was received.  Please follow the steps below to complete your reservation:
Step 1:  Click the
RESERVE TODAY link below and complete the 7-step pre-application process. By completing the reservation pre-application process, a credit and criminal background check will be conducted on all pre-applicants over the age of 18. All applicants MUST be able to move-in with a 1-60 day notice.
Step 2:  Upon income, credit and criminal check, you will be notified via e-mail of approval or income denial. All background screening denials will be mailed. Once approved, you will be added to the reservation list in the order your reservation was received. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. You must be able to move-in with a 1-60 day notice. 
Step 3: When a home becomes available, you will be contacted in the order we received your reservation (1-60 days prior to move-in). You MUST be able to move-in with a 1-60 day notice. If you are unable to move, you will be placed at the bottom of the reservation list. 

Does it cost anything to join the reservation list?
There is no cost to submitting a reservation. You may cancel your reservation at any time.
Tell me more about the affordable housing program and how I qualify as an artist.
Income Qualifications:
The household income is based on GROSS annual income (before any deductions) earned from all sources including: wages, social security payments, public assistance, pensions, annuities, interest income, dividends, stocks, bonds, insurance settlements, recurring gifts from family/friends, lottery winnings, etc. Third-party verification will be required of all income, and copies of tax returns and pay stubs may be required.
Leather Trades Artist Lofts participates in an affordable housing program. Total household income must be under the following limits based on household size:

- 1 Occupant Must Make Less Than $32,280
- 2
Occupants Must Make Less Than $36,900
- 3
Occupants Must Make Less Than $41,520
- 4
Occupants Must Make Less Than $46,080

Artist Qualifications:
At least one member of the household must demonstrate a commitment to the art form in order to qualify for residency. The creation of one’s work does NOT have to be the source of income for the individual or the family in order to qualify. To qualify as an artist you must meet with our selection committee—a group of artists—who will review your:

- Resumé, references and portfolio
- History of creative work
- Long-term creative and career goals
- Desire to engage in a creative community

Some examples of artists include:
- FINE ARTISTS: Painting, drawing, sculpting, book art and printmaking
- PEOPLE WHO CREATE IMAGINATIVE WORKS: Aesthetic literature, costume designers, photography, music composition and architecture
- FUNCTIONAL & CRAFT ARTISTS: Jeweler, potter, chef, quilt maker, silk screener, carpet maker, furniture maker, and toy designer
- PERFORMERS: Singers, musicians, dancers, actors and performance artists
- MEDIA ARTISTS: Radio, film, television, multi-media, cyber-art, gaming and animation
- DESIGN ARTISTS: Graphic and web design, interior design, aesthetic design, package design and set design

To maintain the integrity of the community, credit, criminal and rental background checks are conducted on all applicants.