section 8 housing question

@SomeCowgirl (32273)
United States
July 10, 2011 11:06am CST
Has anyone here ever had section 8 housing? I have a few questions. I am sure it's different county to county and state to state but I was wondering about a few things pertaining to the legalities I guess you could say. I may consider applying for section 8 housing in another county then I am currently living. I am sure it's possible but wanted to know how difficult it would be for someone who is doing this for the first time. Any other information you can give me would be great, and other then the question above I have non at this time.
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@sid556 (31019)
• United States
10 Jul 11
I don't think it'd be difficult at all. The application forms are pretty much the same everywhere. I don't think it is unusual at all if you are looking to move to another county and if you qualify. There is usually a waiting list but if I remember right, they will tell you early on whether or not you qualify and how long that list is. Don't let the length of the list scare you off. When I applied, I was told that there was a 3 yr waiting list. It actually only took me 3 months to get in because a lot of the people on the list had already found other places to live or no longer qualified.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
10 Jul 11
I don't believe it'd be too long of a list as it's a small county. I will talk to section 8 tomorrow after my interview and tell them about the situation and what I want to do. If I do qualify (which I'm sure I do) it'll be good and I'll just get myself on that list, if I find a place I can afford before then great. I'm just not sure exactly how the section 8 assistance works anymore, I know that it has to do with a lower rent.
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@sid556 (31019)
• United States
11 Jul 11
Ask them when you go in because here we have several programs and you have to be on different lists for each one. There are about 5 different housing complexes and also there is a program where you go out and find your own apartment and they subsidize it based on your income. When I was looking, I signed up for all of them and just took the first one that I got called on.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
11 Jul 11
Thank you for the information, I'll be sure to ask all about that. It may be that way too, I mean where I can look for my own place and they may be able to subsidize it.
@celticeagle (104337)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jul 11
I live in Section 8 Housing. Right now about 2/3's of the apartments here where I am are housed by foreigner families. I am sure that they applied while still in their countries of origin. I would go to the website for the particular country and fill out the paper work. The sooner the better because where I am there is a waiting list of about two years or more here.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
11 Jul 11
different county not country, but I am not sure if it'd be too big of a list where I am talking about. Of course it's also not the biggest county so not very many places to be had for section 8 either but we'll just have to see. First things first, transportation to and from work.
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@celticeagle (104337)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jul 11
You might think about getting on the list because there is usually quite a wait.
• United States
10 Jul 11
People are right about the waiting list. I know some that have waited up to two years for a vacancy.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
10 Jul 11
Uh oh, I hope that doesn't happen with me. I'll have to talk to them about the whole process of course, and see if I can get on the list now and provide income a little later, provided I know I'll get the job.
@AmbiePam (43407)
• United States
10 Jul 11
Wherever you end up applying, just be prepared to be on a waiting list. I was on a waiting list for 3 months after I applied, and I live in a relatively small city. It would be longer for a larger city.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
10 Jul 11
The county I'd be applying is very small and so I would imagine the waiting list would be about as long a wait as it was for you. Thanks for the tip though. I've lived in section 8 housing before, however, this was section 8 through my mother and I was just a kid.
@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
15 Jul 11
It has been more than 15 years since we were on Section 8 housing so I'm not sure that I would be any help. As far as I know (From what I remember)...when we were getting ready to move so my husband could go to college, we went to the section 8 housing office and put our application in. They told us when we found a house to rent, to let them know and they would go by and do the inspection. Like I said...that was a long time ago, so the rules may have changed. I suggest you call the office of the county you're interested in moving into and ask them what the county/state regulations are. Did you see on the news of the stampede in Dallas this morning to get on the LIST? People went to the hospital. That's crazy