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Good news from Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). Cynthia West (Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program) shared the following information:  

SHA will use a lottery system when it opens a new waitlist this spring. 2,500 households will be randomly selected for a place on this waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as “Section 8”, is a federally-funded program that offers rental subsidies to low-income households renting units in the private market. The new waitlist will be created from a lottery system using online-only registration that will be open from March 23, 2015 at 8 a.m. through April 10, 2015 at 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). The last time a waitlist was opened by SHA for the HCV program in Seattle was February 2013.

SHA is offering several informational sessions at our Central Office, 190 Queen Anne Ave N. If you would like to attend an informational session, click here to reserve your spot.

There are several resources for registrants on the site’s waitlist page including a video tutorial showing how to register, and a list of online access points for people who may not have access to the web.

NOTE: The only place to register for the lottery is seattlehousing.org/waitlist ; there is no cost to register. No one should ever pay in exchange for a promise to be placed on a waitlist, and the best and safest way to register is to type ”http://seattlehousing.org/waitlist” directly into a browser (NOT search the internet or click on ads).