Thousands in Houston Seek Chance at Housing Vouchers

Thousands in Houston Seek Chance at Housing Vouchers



 

The Houston Housing Authority received 20,000 online applications in three hours on Aug. 20 for spots on a waiting list for housing subsidy vouchers. The agency opened the waiting list for the Section 8 voucher program for the first time in six years.

"As a record number of families struggle to make their rent in a city with a dire shortage of affordable homes, the applications have been pouring in," housing authority spokesman Mark Thiele said in a statement. The housing authority will conduct a computer-generated lottery on Sept. 3 to select names of about 20,000 people to add to the list. It expects as many as 75,000 applicants, who must meet federal income guidelines to qualify.

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