NYC Takes Major Step in Affordable Housing With Reopening of NYCHA Section 8 Wait List

NYC Takes Major Step in Affordable Housing With Reopening of NYCHA Section 8 Wait List

NYCHA is finally reopening its wait list for Section 8 housing applications after a long 15-year hiatus.

NYCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher program applications will be available for a limited time, starting from midnight on June 3 and closing at the end of the day on June 9.

The federal program, established under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, assists low-income families by covering the majority of their rent expenses. These families typically contribute 30% of their income towards the overall cost.

Due to the high demand for the limited number of housing vouchers, the city closed its wait list in 2009.

The decision to reopen the applications is a response to the urgent need for more affordable housing and the overcrowding of city shelters.

“We are thrilled to announce the reopening of NYCHA’s doors to a vast number of new Section 8 applicants, marking a significant milestone after 15 years. This initiative will play a crucial role in assisting countless New Yorkers in finding the housing they require,” expressed NYC Mayor Eric Adams.

“We are taking full advantage of all available resources to tackle the housing crisis in our city.” We are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers by advancing housing projects on public land and advocating for more housing opportunities in every neighborhood. Our goal is to ensure that every individual in our city can find and maintain a place to call home.

Gina Cappuccitti is known for her work as a housing advocate. According to her, the increasing rental prices have made it difficult for numerous New Yorkers to afford homes outside NYCHA.

“Many individuals are discovering that they are facing financial challenges, making it difficult for them to afford living in New York City. However, this situation presents a chance for someone to continue residing in the city without being overwhelmed by excessive costs and the risk of eviction in the future.”

NYCHA reports that there are approximately 85,000 housing vouchers and more than 25,000 households currently enrolled in the program.

“I’ve gone from having very little to achieving something, and I’m not quite satisfied with my current situation. My main goal is to be the best version of myself for the sake of my family,” expressed Kadisha, a resident of Fort Green.

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