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NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

250 BROADWAY h NEW YORK, NY 10007

NEW YORK CITY

HOUSING AUTHORITY

TINO HERNANDEZ CHAIRMAN EARL ANDREWS, JR. VICE CHAIRMAN MARGARITA LÓPEZ MEMBER VILMA HUERTAS SECRETARY DOUGLAS APPLE GENERAL MANAGER

TEL: (212) 306-3000 h http://nyc.gov/nycha

PRESS RELEASE

May 18, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: (212) 306 3322

NYCHA SECTION 8 VOUCHER WAITING LIST CLOSES: 469,284 APPLICATIONS HANDED OUT IN THREE MONTHS

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman Tino Hernandez today announced that the waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers for very low-income families seeking affordable housing in New York City has been closed. The list was reopened on February 12 for three months following an announcement by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chairman Hernandez of the availability of 22,0000 new vouchers. This was the first time in 12 years that NYCHA's Section 8 voucher waiting list was open. During the three months that the waiting list was reopened NYCHA handed out 469,284 applications for Section 8 across the City. When the list was closed on May 14 NYCHA had received 219,453 applications back. NYCHA is now in the process of reviewing applicants for eligibility to be on the waiting list. NYCHA removes duplicate names and other non-qualifying applications. To date 86,091 names have been entered in the system. Any application postmarked by the close of business on May 14th is eligible for review. "I am extremely pleased with the response to our outreach and to have been able to offer New York City residents the chance to apply for Section 8 housing," said Chairman Hernandez. Individuals and families who secure Section 8 vouchers can seek housing in a neighborhood of their choice from any private landlord who accepts the vouchers. With a voucher, qualified families pay 30% of their income toward the Fair Market Rent set by the federal government; NYCHA pays the remainder directly to the private landlord. In December 1994, NYCHA closed its Section 8 waiting list except for emergency applicants because of a drop in federal funding for Section 8 vouchers. The list was reopened when 22,000 new vouchers 12,000 this year and 10,000 next year ­ became available because of changes made at the local and Federal level. Applicants who applied when the list was reopened in February will be interviewed for Section 8 vouchers starting in June.

NYCHA's Section 8 program is the largest in the United States. NYCHA administers over 83,000 Section 8 vouchers serving over 270,000 New Yorkers. Over 30,000 private landlords accept the vouchers. Income limits for Section 8 are set by the Federal government and vary depending on the number of people in the household. For instance, an individual who earns less than $24,800 a year or a family of four making less than $35,000 could qualify for Section 8 assistance. As part of the reopening of the waiting list, NYCHA undertook a comprehensive effort to identify and find people who signed up for Section 8 housing vouchers as long ago as 1993, but who are no longer reachable at the address or telephone numbers given when they joined the list. Any of these households identified and who remain eligible are being given priority for these new vouchers. It will take about six months to enter all of the applications that were received into the system. -30-

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