James City County opens up applications for housing vouchers

tjefferson@vagazette.com

The county will open its Section 8 housing choice voucher application process for four days beginning Sept. 11.

Limited funding means applications will be selected and ordered using a random lottery system. Not all applicants will be placed on the waiting list, said Rebecca Vinroot, county social services director.

Vinroot said the county will create a wait list of 300 people for 260 available spots. There are already 36 people on the waiting list.

“We can only have it open for a short amount of time because we can’t go past a total of 300 people,” Vinroot said.

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford safe and sanitary housing, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

James City County received $997,000 in federal funds last year from HUD to administer the voucher program.

The last time the county’s wait list was open was in 2006.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding housing where the owner agrees to rent under the program. The county inspects the homes prior to the voucher holder moving in to ensure the residence meets federal guidelines. The spaces are then inspected annually.

To qualify for the voucher, a family's income may not exceed 50 percent of the county’s $75,710 median income.

The time and date of receipt of the application has no bearing on whether an application will be selected for the waiting list. Waiting list preference will be given to current residents of James City County, but anyone from the area can apply, Vinroot said.

After submitting applications, residents can check their status online.

Want to apply for a voucher?

The application will open beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 and will close at midnight Sept. 15.

Visit .jamescitycountyva.gov/housing or waitlistcheck.com/va2701 .

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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