Homelessness

Waiting for Section 8 Takes More Patience Than Most People Have

 

For the first time since 2007, Connecticut’s Department of Housing will open their waiting lists for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program and the State Rental Assistance Program (RAP). The waiting lists will open for two weeks, beginning on August 4, 2014.

Five thousand applicants will be randomly selected for the Section 8 list; 3,000 will be randomly selected for the RAP list. Pre-applications will be accepted by mail and electronically. The pre-application will be available here, as of Aug. 4.

This blog was dictated by a woman who has been on the list – by her estimation – for nine years. Fearing repercussions at her current residence, the writer, a client of Independence Unlimited, has asked not to be identified. “I have no other place to live,” she said.

I have been on Section 8 waiting list for a long time now. I don’t even remember the exact date when I applied, it’s been that long. You don’t hear anything, you don’t hear anything, and then I recently got a piece of paper asking if I still wanted to be on the wait list. Yes. I do.

I have cerebral palsy, rheumatoid arthritis, and DVT (deep vein thrombosis) -- blood clots. I used to be mobile, but now, at 49, I use a wheelchair. I am currently housed with the elderly. I have nothing against the elderly, but our needs are different. This limits where I can go and when. I would love to live with others – families with children, neighbors, kids. There are so many rules here that don’t really apply to me, but I have to live by them.

Mostly, I would like to get to a warmer climate, but no state will take a person if they don’t already have a residence there. I applied in Florida years ago, but that wait list is astronomical.

Living like this takes a lot of patience. I have patience, but not always enough. I don’t know who has enough patience for this.
 

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