Tempe’s Section 8 housing wait list opens Monday

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 11 at 12:13 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe Housing Services Division opened its Section 8 housing wait list Monday morning, giving low-income families the opportunity to apply for rent subsidy and find affordable housing.

"Connecting our residents with affordable housing options is very important," said Councilman Corey Woods, chair of the Housing and Social Services Council Committee in a news release. "This program assists residents with basic needs such as food and shelter, so they then have ability to achieve even greater heights like pursuing their education or securing high-quality jobs."

Funded and monitored by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rent subsidies for very low-income families. Depending on the rent of the apartments they find, a qualified family would pay about 30 percent of their adjusted gross income.

That help can make a major different for families that are struggling.

The family of Mona Dixon, a formerly homeless teen who now attended the Barrett's Honors College at Arizona State University, received a housing subsidy through Tempe’s program. That subsidy helped the family get back on their feet. With a stable housing situation, Dixon was able to focus on her school work and earn. $87,000 in college scholarships. Dixon was named Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year in 2010 and had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.

In an effort to prevent long lines and streamline the process, pre-applications will be accepted online only. Those who fill out the pre-application will be sent an email so that they can check their status online.

Preference will be given to those involuntarily displaced by federal or local government action, those who are homeless in the city of Tempe, those who reside in the city of Tempe, and those who are working or hired to work in Tempe.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you can go online for free at Tempe's public libraries.

To learn more about Tempe's Section 8 program, visit www.tempe.gov/housing or call 480-350-8950.

The wait list opened at 11 a.m. Pre-applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

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