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Section 8 housing applications now being accepted

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Wilmington Housing Authority will be accepting vouchers for Section 8 housing.(Source: WECT) Wilmington Housing Authority will be accepting vouchers for Section 8 housing.(Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The Wilmington Housing Authority started accepting vouchers for Section 8 housing Monday, for the first time in nearly three years.

According to a release from the organization, anyone can pick up Section 8 applications at the Wilmington Housing Authority headquarters on 16th Street.

Section 8 properties require vouchers that can be obtained from housing authorities.

Wilmington Housing Authority officials said they had already given out 500 housing applications by Monday afternoon.

The applications must be submitted by August 15. A lottery will then be held on August 29 where 1000 people will be selected and placed on the waiting list for a Section 8 property.

Authority staffers said that Section 8 housing not only benefits those looking for a place to live, but the entire community as well.

"This money doesn't just go towards the low income. It's actually being paid directly to the landlords and over the last five years, each year we have paid between 10 and 11 million dollars that go directly to these landlords- small business owners that help the economy keep going," said WHA Director of Special Projects Rhonda Mack.

Mack said the Section 8 waiting list only opens up every two to three years. She said this is standard practice for housing authorities.

"It's sad when you get all these people who need this help calling you or emailing all the time and you just don't have anything so it's good for a few weeks to say yes come on down," said Mack.

Click here for the housing application: http://bit.ly/1rXeoY5.

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