2007-03-23 / Community

Weiner Urges Eligibles To Apply For Section 8

For the first time in 12 years, low and middle income New Yorkers in need of housing assistance can apply for rent subsidies through the popular Section 8 program, according to Representative Anthony Weiner, who urged eligible residents to act fast and contact his office before the impending May deadline.

About 100,000 New Yorkers have been on a permanent wait list for housing after federal funding for Section 8 in New York was essentially cut off in 1994. Since then, only special cases - such as victims of domestic abuse - were granted section 8 vouchers on a limited basis.

However, in early 2007, a new influx of $100 million in federal funding allowed NYCHA to completely re-open the program to new applicants more than a decade after its shutter.

With a May 14, 2007 deadline for new applications, Rep. Weiner today encouraged his eligible constituents to seek Section 8 housing to right away.

"For New York City's middle class and those struggling to make it, finding affordable housing is growing more and more difficult," said Rep. Weiner. "I strongly encourage all those who qualify for Section 8 to apply before the May deadline."

NYCHA's Section 8 program is the largest in the country with over 83,000 vouchers given to over 250,000 New Yorkers. Currently, there are around 30,000 landlords accepting the voucher. An individual who earns less then $24,800 a year or a family of four earning less then $35,000 can qualify for the program.

Section 8 recipients pay 30% of their incomes in rent, with section 8 vouchers making up the difference. For example, if a family of four makes a combined $2,000 per month and their rent is $1,000, the family would pay $600 in rent and the section 8 program would pay the remaining $400.

To inquire about Section 8, New Yorkers can contact Rep. Weiner's office at (718) 520-9001, visit NYCHA's website at www.nyc.gov/nycha or go to either of the borough offices in Brooklyn or Queens for an application.

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