DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: IMPROVE SECTION 8 WAITING LIST MANAGEMENT; DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT LOCAL PREFERENCES
The Section 8 program has a waiting list of approximately 21,000 families. The list is continuously open, and new families apply every day. HABC has elected to use no applicant selection preferences; selection from the waiting list is based on the date and time of application. Applicants who are currently being admitted to the program applied in 1991.HUD regulations encourage the adoption of selection preferences that reflect local needs and priorities. These preferences allow localities to target scarce resources to families that are most in need of housing assistance.HUD studies of the success or failure of eligible families to lease suitable housing under the nationwide program suggest strongly that the shorter the time between a family’s application and the receipt of a voucher, the more likely the family is to remain interested in the program and to succeed in finding a unit. By reducing the time that selected families wait to receive assistance, HABC should also achieve administrative efficiencies in the Section 8 admissions process.
Adopt local preferences for:
– Families with members who have jobs or job offers and seek to live closer to work; and
Evaluate the adoption of local preferences for:
– Families with children, especially children with elevated blood lead levels and/or living in housing with lead hazards;
When preferences are adopted, close the Section 8 waiting list to new applicants who do not claim a preference. Accept applications on a continuing basis from applicants who do claim a preference.
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