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November 18, 2010

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency Closes Section 8 Waiting List

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution during its November meeting to close the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list effective December 31, 2010.. OHFA receives funding for the program from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to assist families statewide.

The need to close the waiting list results from the limited number of Section 8 vouchers OHFA administers and the increasing number of applications, about 1,400 each month, that OHFA currently receives. Already more than 12,000 families are waiting for rental assistance through OHFA with an average wait time of three to five years.

”OHFA will do everything within our power to expedite the reopening of the waiting list,” said OHFA Rental Assistance Program Director Deborah Jenkins. “It is our goal to help as many families as possible.”

The decision to close the waiting list is also intended to eliminate false hopes that Section 8 vouchers are available and allow OHFA staff to focus its efforts on processing the applications of the families already on the waiting list.

 

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