Program that pays for part of rent of low-income families will open waiting list for one day only

Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:57-04

The waiting list for a program that pays for part of the rent of low-income residents will open on Thursday.

The application will be available online only from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

The Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 has been closed for two and a half years. Previously when the Waco Housing Authority opened the waiting list, 3,000 people applied for it in just one day. 

The department serves approximately 2,500 households. 

"We still have people in need right here in McLennan County. This program offers housing stability to people who don't have it," said Waco Housing Authority President and CEO Milet Hopping. "It keeps families together." 

If you have lived in McLennan County for a year and you meet income requirements, you can apply.

"When people come here for training and then go to school and later on need some assistance living somewhere else because they've taken a job in California or somewhere else, this voucher will travel with them until their income no longer qualifies," Hopping said.

The funds to make the programs possible come from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As the vouchers become available throughout the year, the Waco Housing Authority start pulling people from the wait list and start a screening process. If someone is eligible for the voucher program, that person goes and finds a landlord that accepts Section 8. 

To apply, click here

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