The Durham Housing Authority will reopen its waiting list for housing vouchers Tuesday.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list will be open from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 14.
Only online applications will be accepted via DHA’s website at durhamhousingauthority.org. A lottery will select 1,500 applications after any duplicate pre-applications are removed.
To see a slide show on how to apply go to http://nando.com/ection8.
“The need for affordable housing is great in the Durham community,” said Anthony Scott, the authority’s chief executive officer. “The lottery process ensures fairness no matter when you apply.”
The opening comes the day that the City Council is poised to authorize a $220,260 grant to the DHA that would make available about 300 additional Section 8 vouchers.
In recent years, the Section 8 program has been operating below capacity, according to memo on the request. The DHA can administer about 2,700 Section 8 vouchers, but currently has more than 300 unused vouchers due to nto having enough money to pay for staffing, training and equipment.
The current waiting list has about 162 families.
When the waiting list opens, a link to the online application will appear on the agency website’s home page.
After the application is submitted, the applicant will receive a printable receipt and email confirmation. Applicants will be notified by Oct. 17 via email and postal mail whether or not they have been elected by the lottery. The information cannot be given by phone.
Applicants who need help in completing the online application can speak with housing authority staff on Sept. 12 to Sept. 14.
Application assistance will be provided on a first-come, first served basis from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applicants will complete a “pre-application” providing the authority with preliminary information. This information is subject to verification.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
Participants are free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and are not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the DHA, which receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer the voucher program.