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Phoenix Section 8 Housing Information | City Update


[SHOW THEME MUSIC]>>SECTION 8 HOUSING WAIT LIST
IS OPENING AFTER 11 YEARS. HELLO, I’M DEBORAH SEDILLO
DUGAN, AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER “CITY UPDATE.” THIS HOUSING IS AVAILABLE FOR
LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO MEET THE CRITERIA. HERE TO TALK ABOUT THAT HOUSING
CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM IS NICHOLE AYOOLA. SHE IS WITH THE HOUSING
DEPARTMENT SECTION 8. SHE IS ACTUALLY THE PROGRAM
MANAGER. IT’S GREAT SEEING YOU, NICHOLE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>ABSOLUTELY, THANKS FOR
JOINING US TODAY. GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF
BACKGROUND ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN WITH THE
CITY. >>I’VE BEEN WITH THE CITY ABOUT
SEVEN YEARS, ALL IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT. I CAME TO THE CITY AS A
CONTRACTOR, AND THEN I WAS HIRED ON AS A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE. I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN PUBLIC
ADMINISTRATION, SO THAT WASN’T NEW. BUT I’VE BEEN OUT AT THE SECTION
8 PROGRAM FOR ABOUT A YEAR, OVERSEEING IT, SO IT’S BEEN A
BUSY TIME SINCE I’VE BEEN THERE.>>I’M SURE IT IS, AND 11 YEARS. GIVE ME A LITTLE BACK STORY
ABOUT THAT. THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR THE CITY.>>IT IS. IT’S A BIG OPPORTUNITY. THE WAIT LIST DID CLOSE IN 2005,
JUNE OF 2005, AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME, WE HAD 30,000
APPLICANTS ON THE WAIT LIST. SO IT’S TAKEN US ABOUT 11 YEARS
TO EXHAUST THAT WAIT LIST. SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE
OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN IT UP AGAIN. IT WILL BE ON A LOTTERY BASIS
THIS YEAR, AND SO THAT MEANS THAT WE WILL KEEP IT OPEN FROM
AUGUST 8 THROUGH AUGUST 12. AFTER THE APPLICATION PERIOD
CLOSES, THEN WE WILL DO A RANDOMLY-GENERATED LOTTERY TO
LOTTERIZE IT DOWN TO 10,000 APPLICANTS, AND THOSE PEOPLE
WILL BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST. AND THEN WE WILL RECRUIT OFF OF
THAT WAIT LIST TO DETERMINE PEOPLE’S ELIGIBILITY, AND GET
THEM HOUSED, ULTIMATELY.>>FOR VIEWERS THAT MAY NOT KNOW
WHAT SECTION 8 HOUSING IS, AND THIS VOUCHER PROGRAM, LET’S TALK
ABOUT WHAT IT IS, AND HOW THEY CAN APPLY AND MEET THAT
CRITERIA.>>SO THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM IS A
FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROGRAM THROUGH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING
AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND IT PROVIDES A RENTAL SUBSIDY TO
LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS. THEY PAY ESSENTIALLY 30% OF
THEIR ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME TOWARDS THE RENTAL PORTION, AND
THEN THE PROGRAM PAYS THE BALANCE OF IT. BUT IT ALLOWS THEM TO TAKE WHAT
THEY CALL A VOUCHER, WHICH IS LOOSELY USED, OUT INTO THE
PRIVATE COMMUNITY, AND FIND A PLACE THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO
LIVE. THEY CAN CHOOSE THE LOCATION
NEAR SCHOOLS, NEAR FAMILY, NEAR HEALTH CARE SERVICES, THOSE
KINDS OF THINGS. AND THEN RENT FROM A LANDLORD IN
THE PRIVATE MARKET, ASSUMING THAT THAT LANDLORD IS WILLING TO
WORK WITH THE PROGRAM.>>THIS IS EXCELLENT. WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR
FOLKS. APPLY ONLINE, IT SOUNDS SO EASY,
SO SIMPLE.>>YES, IT IS, SO WE’RE MOVING
INTO THE 21st CENTURY. LIKE SO MANY OTHER HOUSING
CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAMS OUT THERE, OR PUBLIC HOUSING
AUTHORITIES OUT THERE, WE ARE DOING AN ONLINE APPLICATION. THAT APPLICATION WILL ONLY BE
AVAILABLE ONLINE, BUT SOMEONE CAN ACCESS IT FROM ANYWHERE THAT
THEY CAN GET AN INTERNET CONNECTION. SO WHETHER THAT BE A COMPUTER,
A LAPTOP, A CELL PHONE, A TABLET, ANYWHERE THAT THEY
CAN DO IT. ABSOLUTELY. SO WE ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS TO
GO OUT THERE, PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS
FOR A LONG TIME. THE APPLICATION WILL BE
AVAILABLE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND IN SPANISH. SO THE SPANISH-SPEAKING
COMMUNITY WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY ONLINE AS
WELL. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THIS IS
GOING TO MEAN FOR THE PROGRAM.>>FOR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE,
ABSOLUTELY. AGAIN, I WANT TO JUST TALK ABOUT
THAT, AND HOW EASY IT IS TO DO IT ONLINE. YOU COULD BE ON HOLIDAY. COULD BE ON VACATION. COULD BE ANYWHERE NOT IN
PHOENIX, AND STILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THIS SECTION 8 HOUSING
AS WELL. >>ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS
ABOUT IT, BECAUSE IT DOES PROVIDE ACCESS TO ANYONE, IN
THEORY, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHO WANTED TO APPLY FOR THIS
PROGRAM. THE CITY OF PHOENIX IS THE
SIXTH-LARGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS DEFINITELY
A NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND THIS PROVIDES A LOT OF
INDIVIDUALS ACCESS TO BE ABLE TO APPLY FROM ANYWHERE, AND NOT
HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TURNING IN A PAPER APPLICATION SOMEWHERE.>>YOU TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
THE CRITERIA. SO WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION DO
THEY NEED TO BE PREPARED WHEN THEY GO ONLINE FOR THIS
APPLICATION?>>WHEN INDIVIDUALS COME AND DO
APPLY, WHAT THEY’LL NEED TO BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE IS INCOME
INFORMATION. THEY’LL NEED TO BE ABLE TO
PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR
ANYBODY WHO’S GOING TO BE IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD. IT’S PRETTY BASIC — NAME,
ADDRESS, HOW WE CAN CONTACT YOU. THIS JUST PUTS YOU ON THE WAIT
LIST. SO THE SECOND PHASE OF THAT IS
ONCE YOU’RE RECRUITED OFF OF THE WAIT LIST, YOU WILL BE GIVEN A
FULL APPLICATION, AND IN THAT FULL APPLICATION YOU WILL GO
THROUGH DOCUMENTING ALL OF THE INFORMATION FOR YOUR HOUSEHOLD. MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO GO
THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK, SO ALL ADULT MEMBERS OF THE
HOUSEHOLD ARE REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK, SO
THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WILL GO THROUGH IN THE
ELIGIBILITY PROCESS AS WELL. BUT IT IS A MUCH LONGER
APPLICATION.>>WHEN DOES THE ACTUAL LOTTERY
TAKE PLACE?>>THE APPLICATION PERIOD BEGINS
9 A.M., AUGUST 8, AND WILL CLOSE AT 5 P.M., AUGUST 12. THERE ARE LOTS OF TECHNICAL
THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN ON THE BACK END. AFTER THAT PROCESS, IT IS A
RANDOMLY-GENERATED LOTTERY SYSTEM. WE’LL GET THOSE NUMBERS, THOSE
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS, AND THOSE WILL BE POSTED ON THE
WEBSITE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN SEE WHERE THEY ARE. THAT SHOULD PROBABLY BE WITHIN
THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT THAT INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED
UP THERE, SO PEOPLE CAN KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE
SELECTED FROM THE LOTTERY.>>THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I AM SO GLAD THAT WE’RE GETTING
THIS DONE, SECTION 8, AND THIS ONLINE APPLICATION IS GOING TO
BE SO MUCH EASIER FOR FOLKS. THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US
TODAY.>>AYOOLA: THANK YOU FOR HAVING
ME.>>THANK YOU. AND REMEMBER, THIS ONLINE
APPLICATION, WE CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH, BEGINS AT 9 A.M.,
MONDAY, AUGUST 8, THROUGH FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 5 P.M. ONCE THAT APPLICATION PERIOD
CLOSES, 10,000 APPLICANTS WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED USING A
LOTTERY SYSTEM, AND WILL BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST. FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN
VISIT PHOENIX.GOV/HOUSING. FOR “CITY UPDATE,” I’M
DEBORAH SEDILLO DUGAN. CLOSED CAPTION PRODUCTIONS
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