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New Yorkers submitted 630 applications for housing vouchers in a week: what happens next and how the winners will be chosen


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From June 3 to June 9, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) accepted applications for program Section 8. More than 630 families have applied for housing vouchers, reports Gothamist.

Federal program pays most of the rent for private apartments to eligible recipients based on their income. Families and individuals participating in the Section 8 program pay no more than 30% of their income toward rent.

NYCHA officials say they will use a random lottery to select 200 applications for the waitlist and end it after August 000st.

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Just before applications began, Lakesha Miller, NYCHA's executive vice president of rental housing, said it expects 500 applicants. She wouldn't be surprised if there were many more, given rising rents and dwindling affordable housing options in the city.


Only a fraction of the families on the waiting list will receive one of the few remaining housing vouchers.
NYCHA says that once the waitlist is created, it plans to issue 1000 new vouchers per month until the federal government's limit of 115 vouchers in circulation is reached.

Currently, more than 96 households have Section 000 vouchers issued by NYCHA, which they use to rent or find apartments.

The approximately 3700 families already on the waiting list for the new vouchers will remain there. They will continue to renew their applications every two years, according to agency rules.

NYCHA is still accepting paper applications by mail from people who received the form at its Brooklyn and Bronx offices during the application period.

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