Section 8 housing pre-application process opens online – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. “It’s a lottery that could put a roof over your head, or leave you to fend for yourself.

the Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) is accepting pre-applications for its Section 8 program.

You must apply online.

Throughout Monday, FOX13 saw people trying to apply in person. MHA directed them to a QR code to apply.

“I wish he could work and live in something of his own,” Memphis grandmother Velma Sims said.

Sims’ 38-year-old grandson doesn’t always know where he’ll lay his head at night.

“He must learn to be responsible and not to beg. He acts like he has to stand on the corner and beg,” she said.

Early Monday morning, Sims drove her grandson to the Memphis Housing Authority to submit a pre-application for the MHA’s Section 8 housing program. But like many others who came to the office, they were turned away and told to apply online.

“I’m taking him to the library so he can apply,” Sims said.

Dexter Washington of the Memphis Housing Authority said the agency was anticipating a flood of applications – 30,000 – but would reduce the waiting list to 10,000.

“Once the waitlist closes, a random lottery process will be used to select the 10,000 pre-applicants who will be placed on the new waitlist,” Washington said.

Housing demand has increased since the start of the pandemic and with the bite of inflation.

“As we all know, we are in a tight rental market and families are in desperate need of housing,” said Cheiktha Dowers of the Memphis Housing Authority.

Sims hopes his grandson gets a golden ticket.

“I want him to feel like he’s living in decent, safe and healthy housing,” she said.

The application process opened on Monday.

It closes Friday at 5 p.m.

You must complete the online pre-registration to take into consideration.

If you don’t have a computer, we encourage you to visit a library to apply.

CLICK HERE to apply online.

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