The City of Flagstaff Housing Authority will close the waiting list for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program on Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. There are enough applicants on the wait list and the Section 8 program is operating at capacity, the housing authority said in a press release.

As of Thursday, there were 546 active applicants on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, with an average wait time of 552 days, according to Ellen Ishii, with the City of Flagstaff Housing Authority. 

"The number of families currently on the waiting list exceeds the number of families that can be relatively served in a suitable time frame," Ishii wrote in an email.

Section 8 pre-applications will be accepted on Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the list will then be closed. Any applications requested by mail must be postmarked by Oct. 10 to be accepted. 

People who are already on the wait list for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher do not need to take any further action. The housing authority will maintain their names, date and time they applied. Applicants are still required to up-date personal information by submitting changes in writing.

The Flagstaff Housing Authority will continue to accept applications for the public housing (conventional) wait list and will continue to accept referrals for the VASH and SRO Moderate Rehabilitation housing program from the local Veterans Administration and the Guidance Center.

There is not a scheduled date to re-open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher wait list.

The waiting list will be re-opened based on close monitoring of the on-going movement of applicants being selected and approved and approximate wait time for those still waiting, Ishii wrote.

When the City of Flagstaff Housing Authority is prepared to reopen, a public announcement will be posted, including on the City of Flagstaff website, at http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/2342/Housing-Authority and in the local newspaper.

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Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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