Section 8 wait list remains closed

The Section 8 voucher program is vitally important to family stability. By capping a low-income family's rent at 30% of their income, families can use these vouchers to obtain a safe, decent, affordable apartment or home.

Market rents in our community are simply too high for many working class Central Ohioans - often requiring 50% of their income for rent and leaving very little for food, transportation, etc. Even with widespread budget deficits, more vouchers are needed to enable people to live in decent housing.

Below is a brief excerpt from a recent article in The Columbus Dispatch, which can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has backed away from a plan to open its Section 8 waiting list this spring, a much-anticipated move that was expected to draw thousands of applicants.

Officials say that fresh cuts in federal funding and a slowed supply of the rental-assistance vouchers issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will keep the waiting list closed.