The South Central Community Action Program filled the 70 slots it had available to add households to its Monroe County Section 8 wait list Wednesday morning. As a result, SCCAP will not take additional applications for the wait list for housing subsidy vouchers from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, as previously scheduled.
People hoping to get added to SCCAP’s Monroe County Section 8 wait list started lining up Tuesday evening to make sure they were near the front of the line when we started taking applications Wednesday morning.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, there were about a dozen people already in line in the parking lot in front of SCCAP. That line grew to about 40 or so overnight. By the time SCCAP opened its doors at 8 a.m., we had distributed numbers to the first 70 households in line, who were in position to get the 70 slots available on our wait list if they are eligible for the Section 8 program. Soon after that, we had also passed out numbers to 15 additional households as alternates.
The people waiting in line were orderly this morning and the process of taking dozens of applications, which will take several hours, appears to be going smoothly. To assist with that process, SCCAP’s Monroe County office has extra help today from staff from its offices in Brown, Morgan and Owen counties.
This is the first time in five years that SCCAP has been able to add households to its Section 8 wait list in Monroe County.
The South Central Community Action Program in Monroe County will open 70 new slots on its Section 8 housing voucher wait list tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.
Applications will be taken at the Bloomington office, 1500 W. 15th St., from 8 a.m. to noon. SCCAP will stop taking voucher applications when the wait list is full.
Each applicant must bring a picture ID, social security card, birth certificate, proof of income (i.e. paystubs, letters from employers, TANF/SSI/Social Security award letters), transcript for adult students, and checking and savings account information in order to apply.
This is the first time in more than five years that the organization has added new households to the wait list in Monroe County. Owen and Brown Counties took applications for their wait lists early in the month.
Another opportunity will be given at the Bloomington office on Oct. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. if there are still openings.
For questions, call 339-3447.
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They hang the man and flog the woman
That steal the goose from off the common
But let the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose.
–Folk poem, circa 1764
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Genese Parker describes the opportunity to work with the Circles Initiative as “perfect timing.”
Parker started at the SCCAP in July, and she is currently working as the AmeriCorps service member volunteer coordinator for Circles, which aims to help people out of poverty by pairing them with a community of support resources.
She said she first heard about the program in April at a church presentation, but when she started her job hunt, things clicked into place.
“I just really wanted to use this year of life to do something positive, and I saw Circles as a good opportunity for that,” she said.
Parker said her main duties include gathering volunteers for the program, which can mean emailing, attending volunteer recruitment fairs and contacting and interviewing potential candidates. She said her main goal is to make sure Circles is supported with enough volunteers so that aspect doesn’t distract from tackling the problem of poverty.
Parker is originally from Indianapolis. She graduated from IU in 2003 with a BA in English with a focus on creative writing and communication.
Since then she has worked with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as a campus staffworker. Parker plans to attend grad school in the fall to study sociology, and she is currently looking at different programs. She said she could see herself working as a sociology professor or at more of a grass roots level campaigning for social justice.
Still, Parker said working with Circles has given her assets for the future.
“I think it’s given me perspective because it’s offered me a real-life learning opportunity. I think it’s easy to think about poverty as an academic concept, but to interact with people living in it daily offers a different perspective.”
With only 22 spots on the wait list to be filled, Jacky Dorsett-Neal spent the night sitting in a lawn chair on the steps of the office. Dorsett-Neal, according to a story in the Columbus Republic, works full time at a Nashville restaurant, is raising a 10-year-old son, is studying to be a paramedic and volunteers as a firefighter, but has trouble finding an affordable place to live.
“You just jump from place to place,” Dorsett-Neal told reporter Chris Schilling of the Republic. “I’ve lived out of my vehicle, with friends, at my parents. It’s very expensive to live here.”
Thursday was the first time in three years that the South Central Community Action Program has been able to open its wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers in Brown County. On Thursday morning, the line to apply for the vouchers wrapped around our Brown County office and flowed into the parking lot.
The 22 spots on the wait list weren’t enough to allow all of those who had been standing in line to get on the wait list, but if SCCAP had added any more than that, people on the lower end of the list might have to wait years before they’d actually receive a Section 8 voucher to subsidize their rental housing payments.