Going Digital: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting Lists

Providing shelter for families, children and adults who have fallen on hard times is a housing authority’s main function. And in these difficult times, any way to speed up and improve the process of helping those in need find shelter is helpful. The Lafayette (La.) Housing Authority did just that this month, by moving its administratively burdensome Housing Choice Voucher waiting list application process from in-person to online.

When LHA last opened its waiting list, they were greeted at their door by thousands of people hoping to secure an affordable home.  “Two years ago, we accepted nearly 1,200 names in two hours,” said Katie Anderson, executive director of the Lafayette Housing Authority. “To date, we have just under 3,000 people who have applied to be added to the wait list. I’m anticipating about 4,000 names to end up going to the lottery for selection.” This year, at the end of the lottery process, 1,000 names will have been added to the waiting list, and the process itself will have been streamlined. The lottery closes on Oct. 14.

Housing authorities across the country are shifting the process online. Over the last few months, Baltimore Housing, Charlotte Housing Authority, and the St. Louis Housing Authority have all transitioned their application processes online, giving families a chance to apply without disrupting their work or school schedules.

Today, the Housing America Campaign celebrates the Lafayette Housing Authority and the countless others who continue to find quicker and more efficient ways to help those in need of safe, quality and affordable housing.

2 thoughts on “Going Digital: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting Lists

  1. girl child

    Dear Epasi,
    On a similar note,, Helping human society to prosper is possible only when we do not find not even single hungry kid.
    All the Best
    Vijaya Satyanand

    Reply
  2. AffHsgOnline (@AffHsgOnline)

    As we follow dozens of waiting lists openings across the country on behalf of millions of low income renters, we are also happy to see housing authorities adopting online applications for the Housing Choice Voucher program.

    Incidents like what happened earlier this week in Racine County, Wisconsin can be avoided and precious operating expenses can be eliminated if even the smallest of housing authorities were to take applications online.

    Reply

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