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  • 2013 Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waitlist Lottery February 4th, 2013-February 22nd, 2013
  • General Information• The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program pays a portion of the monthly rent for program participants living in privately owned rental units• The waitlist for this program has been closed to new applicants since 2008• A random lottery system will be used to establish a new waitlist in 2012• The waitlist will close again to new applicants after the random lottery is complete
  • Timeline• Waitlist lottery registrations will be accepted beginning February 4, 2013 at 7:00 am and ending February 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm• Letters will be sent in March 2013 to notify registered households whether or not they received a place on the new waitlist• Those who received a place on the new waitlist will also be notified of their placement number View slide
  • Eligibility• Information about program eligibility is available at www.seattlehousing.org/housing/vouchers/eligibility• The head of household must be 18 years or older (or an emancipated minor) at the time they receive a voucher, but there is no age requirement for lottery registration• Households are not required to have children or be disabled• Households do not need to live in Seattle to register but those who receive a voucher must live in Seattle for the first year of their voucher program participation• Low Income Public Housing or Project Based Program residents are welcome to register• Members of Seattle Housing’s current waitlist created in 2008 do not need to register for this lottery View slide
  • Online Only Registration• Lottery registration is available online only• Only one registration will be accepted per household• No registrations will be accepted in person, by phone or by mail• The registration form will be available February 4th at www.seattlehousing.org/waitlist• Households are encouraged to use community computer access points to register rather than Seattle Housing’s Housing Service Center• Households are encouraged to note the confirmation number they receive after completing the registration process, this number is not a lottery or waitlist number
  • Random Drawing Lottery• Registering for the lottery does not guarantee a spot on the waitlist and is not an application for housing• After all interested households have registered for the lottery, at least 2000 randomly selected households will be placed on the waitlist• The lottery is not first-come, first-served. There is no benefit to being one of the first households to register• The lottery allows an equal chance for all registered households to receive a place on the waitlist
  • What information is needed?• Households will be asked to provide the name, birthdate, race, gender and social security number for every member of the household• It is not possible to save an unfinished registration and incomplete registrations will not be entered into the lottery, so it is best to collect this information before beginning the registration• If a household member does not have a social security number, please enter ‘none’ in the applicable fields• It is important to provide a reliable mailing address – Seattle Housing will communicate with registered households primarily by mail
  • Demonstrationwww.seattlehousing.org/waitlist
  • Support• Seattle Housing is available to help agencies and households navigate the registration process• Answers to common questions and other tools will be available at www.seattlehousing.org/waitlist• Households that have questions or require technical or language assistance can call the waitlist hotline (206) 239-1674• Questions can also be submitted electronically at www.seattlehousing.org/waitlist• Households can learn about other affordable housing options at www.seattlehousing.org