MDHA Preps For Online Section 8 Voucher Applications; Expects Thousands To Apply

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Affordable housing continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing Nashville. For potential residents, the stress of finding an affordable home can be too much. 

"I mean it's hard. I want to cry sometimes but I have to stay strong for my kids," said Alora Hardison.  

Next week MDHA will open applications for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher wait list. Every year it's done, officials get a better idea of where housing stands in the "It" city. 

"Affordable housing is definitely a big need and Section 8 sometimes will show us how many people truly need housing," MDHA spokesperson, Jamie Berry said. 

MDHA will hand out around 7,000 vouchers this year with just under a thousand landlords accepting those vouchers. In 2015 15,000 people applied to be on the wait list. 

"Gentrification is definitely happening in this area and affordable housing is getting less available to people and its important to provide that," Angie Barker, a landlord, said.  

"You are applying for units as they become available," said Berry. 

Berry said there will be help for folks who do not have the resources to apply online just make sure you're available next Thursday and Friday. "We are going to have staff at our Randee Rogers Training Center which will help people who need assistance with filling out the application," she said. 

Keep in mind, it doesn't matter when you apply as long as its done before 3 p.m. on September 19.

"It's not first come first serve, so even if they apply on September 14 and 15, they have just a good a chance at being at the top of the waiting list as someone who applied on September 13," Berry explained.

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