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Real Estate: Thousands apply for Housing Choice Vouchers

Update: As of Thursday morning, the Fresno Housing Authority has received 28,838 online applications for its Housing Choice Voucher, or Section 8, housing program.

In the first day of registration alone, the authority received 26,852 applications, officials said. In comparison, the authority received a little more than 20,000 during a 45-day sign-up period in 2008 – the last time the waiting list opened for registration.

Original Posted July 23: The Fresno Housing Authority received more than 6,000 applications for its Housing Choice Voucher, or Section 8, housing program in the first two hours of registration Tuesday morning.

That’s impressive considering that the authority’s website became overloaded with users which kicked many offline or gave them a notice that said the website is not working.

I received 46 phone calls, voicemail messages, blog comments and emails from folks who couldn’t get through this morning. A Philadelphia woman, who is moving to Fresno, even called because she wanted to talk to someone about her eligibility.

Here’s what happened: The website was working, but only allowed a certain number of users on at one time. All others were unable to log on.

Housing authority officials said not to worry. There is no rush to apply because the waiting list is now open at all times. It will not close. There is also no first-come first-serve process as the list was handled in the past.

The authority will use a lottery system to pick names when housing vouchers for the program become available.

Read my story to learn more about how the program works.

Here is a direct link to the Housing Voucher program application:

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