--- Issued September 8, 2014

Beginning the week of November 3, the first 50 families on the Housing Authority of the City of Erie’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list have been invited to complete a final application.

These are the first of the applicants from the Housing Authority’s new waiting list that was opened in August for the first time in five years.

The Housing Authority received a total of 1,994 preliminary applications during the two week window of opportunity. The previous waiting list of 2,700 dated back to 2009.

"Judging by past experience, we expect that it will take approximately four years to exhaust the new waiting list," said John E. Horan, executive director of the Authority.

“Due to the reduction in federal funding for this program, we are only able to help new families from the waiting when a family who is currently being assisted drops out or no longer needs the assistance.”

Horan said approximately 20 families leave the program each month.

Each family’s number on the waiting list was determined by a random  lottery held on September 5.

Eligibility for housing assistance will be determined after the final application is completed and all information is verified.

Families determined eligible will be given a Housing Choice Voucher which they can use to obtain housing in the private rental sector. The family is responsible for paying 30 percent of their adjusted gross income for rent and utilities. The Housing Authority will pay the balance to the landlord.

The Housing Authority provides housing assistance to 825 families and individuals through the federally assisted Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Applicants with questions should contact the Section 8 Office at (814) 456-2028.

For more questions on this release, please contact John Horan at 452-2425