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Waiting List Opens For Section 8 Federal Housing Program

section8.jpgJune 15, 2010

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For the first time in eight years, the Garden Grove Housing Authority will be accepting pre-applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program. Applications to be placed on a waiting list will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The deadline to return applications is Saturday, July 31, 2010.

The United States Housing and Urban Development Department offers the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program to provide subsidized housing for low-income families and individuals.

“In 2002, nearly 6,000 people applied to the waiting list—some of which are still on the list today,” says Garden Grove Housing Authority Manager Danny Huynh. “It’s important to keep in mind that it may take two years or more to receive assistance, so applying now is crucial.”

According to Huynh, applications are prioritized based on several criteria including income, immigration status, and when the application was received.

Online applications may be accessed and submitted as of 8:00 a.m. July 1. Hard copies are available at the following locations (locations are in the city of Garden Grove unless noted otherwise):

Garden Grove City Hall, 11222 Acacia Parkway

Garden Grove Senior Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.

Magnolia Park Family Resource Center, 11402 Magnolia Ave.

St. Callistus Catholic Church, 12921 Lewis St.

OC Community Service Center, 15460 Magnolia St., Westminster

Libraries – Regional, Chapman, and West Garden Grove Branches

Orange County Social Services, 6100 Chip Ave., Cypress

St. Anselms, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd., 2nd Floor

One Stop Center, 5405 Garden Grove Blvd., #100, Westminster

OCAPICA, 12900 Garden Grove Blvd., #214 A

Completed applications can be mailed to: Garden Grove Housing Authority, Attn: Application Processing, P.O. Box 3070, Garden Grove, CA 92842. Applications must be postmarked no sooner than July 1, 2010, and no later than July 31, 2010. Hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted.

For more information, or for persons with disabilities unable to obtain an application at one of the locations, please call the Garden Grove Housing Authority office at (714) 741-5150.

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