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Section 8 waiting list opening in Saginaw

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(01/18/12) - The Saginaw Housing Commission will soon take applications for people who want to be on the Section 8 waiting list. That hasn't happened in five years.

During that time the commission simply had to turn people away who came in to apply for Section 8, a program which helps low-income people pay rent.

Although Dwenda Canty has a place to stay, she says times are tough and money is tight. "Well if you do move into a house you have to move into something ragilly."

Sharmondae Cannon agrees that the search for affordable, safe housing is a challenge. Now she hopes to get help from the Saginaw Housing Commission. "I had heard that they was accepting applications."

The old waiting list had 3,000 people on it. The commission couldn't help any new clients until they were taken care of. Soon that will briefly change.

"Get in there as soon as possible and see what they say, and how long is it going to take," said Cannon, who hopes to get the Section 8 help.

From Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 residents who meet income guidelines can apply online.

If you don't have a computer available, paper applications will be available at the Saginaw Housing Commission, located at 1803 Norman St. in Saginaw, on Feb. 7 and 8.

Those applications can not be returned in-person, instead they have to be mailed in with a postmark of Feb. 17 or before.

The commission's executive director says this is good news for Saginaw. "Means more people gonna be housed that are currently hurting. So we'll be able to service more clients," explained Peter Chitekwe.

Each year the commission helps just over 1,200 families. Canty hopes that includes her family this year. "My plan is to be the first one there."

The commission wants to stress the waiting list is not first come first serve basis. Instead the list will be determined by a random lottery.

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