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Big Announcement for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Waitlist for Section 8 Open for the First Time in 7 Years!

Ivory Mathews Chief Executive Director of the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon


Last fall, Home Forward opened a waitlists at over 30 of our properties and creates opportunities for thousands of our neighbors to access affordable housing. Executive director Ivory Mathews is thrilled to announce that next month, Homeforward will be opening the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlist application for the first time since 2016, and so that thousands more can access rent assistance.

From 9:00 AM June 5, through 11:59 PM June 9, the waitlist application for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlist will be open on our website at www.homeforward.org. After the application period closes, they will conduct a lottery to select 2,000 applicants, at random, to add to the waitlist. As a reminder this is not a guarantee of immediate assistance, and is not a waitlist for physical apartment units, but it is the first step towards accessing the rent assistance voucher resource. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is one of the most effective tools Home Forward has to combat the ongoing housing affordability crisis in this country, and to promote housing stability. They know that the need for affordable rent far exceeds the available assistance resources, and we are committed to doing our part to address this need. With this waitlist opening, They are taking an important step towards making sure more members of the community can afford their often burdensome housing costs. The organization is also committed to promoting equity and justice in all areas of our work, and do recognize the disproportionate impact that housing insecurity has on historically marginalized communities, particularly Black and Indigenous people of color. Home Forward will work to ensure that our programs and services are accessible and responsive to the needs of all members of our community, centering those who experience the greatest barriers to accessing resources. They encourage anyone who is interested in applying for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waitlist to visit our website for more information, as the application period approaches.

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