SCCAP to open Section 8 wait list in 2009

The South Central Community Action Program will open its wait lists for Section 8 housing vouchers for rental subsidies to add 114 households in Brown, Monroe and Owen counties. 

SCCAP will add households to the wait list in each county on a first-come, first-served basis. It will add 22 households in Brown County, 70 in Monroe County and 22 in Owen County.

Staff will be taking pre-applications in the three counties at the following times and locations: (1) Owen County applications – Spencer office, 145 N. Harrison St., on Sept. 17, 2009 from 8 to noon and Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m., (2) Brown County applications – Nashville office, 168 Jefferson Street, on Sept. 23, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sept. 24, 2009 from 8 to noon and (3) Monroe County applications, Bloomington office, 1500 W. 15th St., on Sept. 30 from 8 to noon and Oct. 1, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. SCCAP will stop taking applications for the vouchers once the wait list is full.

It will be the first time in more than five years that SCCAP has added households to its wait list in Monroe County. It has been three years in Owen County and two years in Brown County since households have been added to the wait list.

Section 8 is a program in which approved low-income households are given a voucher to find housing on their own. They pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income toward their rent and utilities, and the federal government pays the rest.

“We are very pleased that for the first time in the recent past, we are able to add people to our list for this affordable housing program,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “With the economic recession we are in, this assistance is needed now more than ever.”

To submit a complete application, each applicant must bring: 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. 

All Section 8 applicants must meet income guidelines that are based on the size of the household. For questions, call 829-2279 in Owen County, 988-6636 in Brown County and 339-3447 in Monroe County.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that serves low-income citizens in Owen, Brown, Monroe and Morgan counties. Its services include Affordable Rental Housing, Circles Initiative, Client Advocacy, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts to accumulate savings, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.

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