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Brown County housing vouchers draw a crowd

Brown County Section 8
The line to get on SCCAP’s Section 8 wait list in Brown County started to form Wednesday night, 15 hours before our Nashville office would start taking applications at 1 p.m.

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.

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