Thursday, September 30, 2010

Want Section 8 housing? Now's your chance.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM

If you're low-income and looking for affordable housing, than you may already be aware of this: It's damn hard to get Section 8 housing.

Offered through the city's Housing Authority, the Section 8 program is there to help people who can't afford most places. Problem is, you don't just have to get in line for Section 8, you have to wait until you're even allowed to get on a waiting list. It's been five years since anyone was allowed to get on the waiting list.

Five years.

Now for some good news. The waiting list will be open from Oct. 18-22. The bad news is, it won't do you any good to camp in line Oct. 17 because names to be added to the waiting list will be chosen by lotto.

Anyways. Good luck.

Here are the details:


Colorado Springs, CO, September 30th, 2010

The Colorado Springs Housing Authority (CSHA) will re-open its waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Applications will be accepted at the Hillside Community Center, located at 925 South Institute Street, in Colorado Springs during the week of October 18th-22nd from 8 a.m. to
4 p.m.

The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program has been closed for 5 years; therefore, interest in this program is anticipated to be high. Due to the anticipated demand, applicants will be placed on the waiting list through a lottery system. This means that it is not necessary for applicants to be “first in line” on Monday or Tuesday morning to receive a better position on the list. All applications accepted during the week will be randomly selected through the lottery system and placed on the list. This approach is being taken to insure fairness and to reduce competition in the application process.

In addition, the CSHA will maintain a “local preference” for the application process. This means that residents of El Paso County will receive priority for the program. Households will also be required to use Section 8 housing assistance in El Paso County for a minimum of one year. Potential applicants should be prepared to complete a simple application that includes questions on household composition and income.

“Considering the great need for affordable housing in our community, the Housing Authority is excited to once again offer this unique opportunity to assist families in reaching or sustaining self-sufficiency” said Eugene Montoya, Executive Director of the CSHA.

The CSHA, established in 1970, is a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing for the citizens of Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

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