The Department of Housing has announced that it will open the waiting lists for the state Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and the state’s portion of the Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) program for a two-week period, beginning August 4 and ending August 18. Applications for the waiting list will become available on August 4.
The waiting lists for these programs have been closed since 2007, so the reopening of the lists is a major event. Eight thousand names will be chosen by lottery for placement on the list – 5,000 for Section 8 and 3,000 for RAP. Please distribute the attached pre-publication notice widely to social services and other organizations, and please encourage them to distribute waiting list application forms widely to their clients when the forms become available on August 4. The need is enormous – about 50,000 households submitted applications when these lists were last opened. There is no reason to believe that the need is any less great now.
THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND ITS CONTRACTOR J. D’AMELIA & ASSOCIATES
Will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program and State Rental Assistance Program (RAP) waiting lists statewide on August 4, 2014. Pre-applications will be accepted by mail and must be postmarked between the dates of August 4, 2014 and August 18, 2014. Online applications will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 18, 2014. Filling out the pre-application form will put a household in a lottery for possible inclusion on the waiting lists for both programs. Five Thousand (5,000) applications will be chosen by lottery for the Section 8 waiting list. Three Thousand (3,000) applications will be chosen for RAP.
The pre-application form and notice announcing the opening of the Section 8 HCV Program and Rental Assistance Program waiting lists will appear in area newspapers for three consecutive days starting August 4, 2014. Pre-applications will also be available at the Connecticut Department of Housing Website, www.ct.gov/doh.