Lottery for limited housing vouchers

April 17, 2008 7:00:06 AM PDT
There are 40,000 spots on the Chicago Housing Authority waiting list for federally subsidized rental housing. Those who hope for a shot at one of the rental vouchers commonly known as Section 8 can, starting Thursday, enter a lottery for one of the spots on the waiting list.

CHA officials estimate that some of the "winners" could get a voucher by mid-summer. Others could wait a decade, depending on how fast the city's 35,000 vouchers turn over.

The registration process for the lottery will run for a month, ending May 15.

Chicago's progress at demolishing high-rise public housing and replacing it with mixed-income communities has made competition for Section 8 vouchers fierce. Each family evicted from a high-rise has automatically moved to the top of the Section 8 waiting list, with a temporary voucher to hold them over.


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