The waiting list for the Tacoma Housing Authority’s Section 8 rent-assistance program is open for the first time since 2008.
Low-income residents looking for help to pay rent can apply for the Housing Opportunity Program online until 5 p.m. Monday. The program has replaced the Housing Choice Voucher program.
Residents who qualify get help paying rent for housing they find in the private market.
Except for the elderly or those who can’t work because of disability, the assistance ends after five years. The Tacoma Housing Authority offers employment services to those in the program to help them search for jobs and increase their income.
The application is available only at www.tacomahousing.org, and does not cost money. The agency cautions that websites that appear to charge are fake.
Computers are available at Tacoma Public Libraries, the Family Investment Center at Salishan or the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities.
Applicants must have a mailing or email address and be at least 18, and each household can apply only once.
The agency will randomly choose and rank 1,000 applicants for the waiting list, and notify all applicants of their status by email or letter.