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Bloomington Housing Authority To Open Waiting List For Housing Vouchers
Updated December 5, 2014 6:53 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Bloomington Housing Authority will open the waiting list for Housing Choice Vouchers beginning Dec. 9.

The list will remain open until further notice. A five-day notice will be given prior to the list's closing, according to a BHA news release.

The BHA has three housing communities and provides more than 1,300 Housing Choice Vouchers, known as Section 8, which allows low-income families to rent homes in the private market. Section 8 housing is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the HUD website.

The Bloomington HCV waiting list will not be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, those seeking a spot on the list will be ordered and ranked by preference points which must then be verified by the family.

Preference points are awarded to applicants in order to give priority to serving families that most closely meet that criteria. For example, applicants that reside in Monroe County will receive more preference points than those who reside in a neighboring county.

Additionally, victims of domestic violence within the past six months will receive two preference points, though evidence the family has been displaced as a result of leaving a violent situation must be submitted.

Applicants may receive points for the number of hours of work completed each week as well as veteran or disability status.

A pre-application will also be used to determine eligibility for the HCV program and placement on the waiting list.

The HCV pre-application will be available on the Bloomington Housing Authority website and the authority's office at 1007 
S. Summit St.

The applications will be accepted Tuesday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m.
At the time of application, a government-issued photo ID matching the name of the head of household listed on the application must be presented in order for the application to be 
accepted .

After being submitted, any changes to the document must be submitted in writing to the 
authority. If the head of household is elderly or disabled, they may complete an affidavit for someone other than the listed head of household to apply on their 
behalf.

To qualify for the waiting list, applicants must be income eligible, or their annual income must not exceed 50 percent of the Area Median Income.

This means households of one person with an income of $21,100, two persons with $24,100, three persons with $27,100 and up to eight persons with $39,750 are eligible.

The BHA was established in 1961 and administers public funds to provide housing opportunities and support services, according to the authority's website.

The BHA currently provides housing assistance to more than 2,500 Monroe County residents and families each year.

For more information about the applications and the preference point system, visit 
 bhaindiana.net.



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