POSTED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 1:24pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 6:45pm
EL PASO - If you or someone you know needs help finding safe, decent and affordable housing, we have good news.
The Housing Authority of El Paso is going to open up the waitlist for 'Section 8' housing on Monday.
The program uses federal funds to help families pay a portion of their rent. However, keep in mind that the Housing Authority already has a long wait list. We're told once someone submits their online application, it can take anywhere from 2-4 years before they receive a voucher to apply toward their rent.
Below is the press release with more information, including information on how to apply:
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Wait List to Open for Low-Income El Pasoans
(May 9 - May 29 Pre-application Forms Only Accepted Online)
EL PASO - The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas (HACEP) is pleased to announce the opening of the waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as "Section 8," beginning 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Applications are only accepted online through HACEP's secure website at www.hacep.org  <http://www.hacep.org/> .
This will be the second year in which this program accepts online applications in order to eliminate long wait lines, increase HACEP's intake efficiency, enhance the security of personal information, and provide greater accessibility for applicants.
In order to enroll in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, applicants must log on to www.hacep.org  <http://www.hacep.org/> and click on the "Online Application" button on the left-hand side. A separate window will open with bilingual instructions and a list of the required application information, which includes:
2. Mailing Address
3. Dates of birth and social security numbers for each family member on the pre-application;
NOTE: At least one family member must have a valid Social Security number.
4. Gross annual income for the applying family;
5. Driver's license or State ID numbers for all family members who have one.
Once all of the fields are filled out, simply click the "Submit Application" button and the application will automatically upload to the wait list based on the day and time of submission. If any required fields are omitted or incorrectly filled out, a red message will appear informing applicants where the error has occurred. Applicants should print or record the confirmation ticket number for their records.
Due to limited resources and the sensitive personal information involved, applicants must access the Internet and fill out the online pre-application form on their own or enlist the help of a friend or family member. For those who do not have personal access to a computer and the Internet, or for persons with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation, a number of local organizations are prepared to help including the El Paso Public Library (915-543-5401), Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe (915-534-7979), the VOLAR Center for Independent Living (915-591-0800), and El Paso Affordable Housing CUSO (915-838-9608). If applicants require a reasonable accommodation, they may contact Amanda Escobar at firstname.lastname@example.org  <mailto:email@example.com> or (915) 849-3612 for assistance.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the Federal government's major initiative to help low-income families, including the elderly and the disabled, to afford safe, decent and affordable housing in the private market. HACEP receives approximately $28 million in federal funds each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide more than 5,300 housing choice vouchers to nearly 20,000 El Pasoans. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by HACEP on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by HUD.
The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas (HACEP) provides safe, decent and affordable housing to assisted families at or below 80 percent of the area median income. HACEP is among the 20th largest public housing authorities in the United States and provides high-quality housing assistance to 40,000 El Pasoans through its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Tax Credit, Non-Subsidized and Section 8 New Construction programs. HACEP operates a $75 million annual budget and is regulated and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).