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Wait list opens up for subsidized housing vouchers

The Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is opening its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers for the first time in five years.

Online applications for the federally funded rental assistance will be accepted from 1o a.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Applications can be accessed online at www.racbny.org.  For assistance, call 716-882-0063, Ext. 106.

A lottery held once the list is closed will determine placement on the wait list. It's anticipated 1,000 to 1,500 vouchers will be issued annually for rental housing in Buffalo and Erie County.

Applicants must meet income guidelines, set at, for example, a maximum of $37,350 for a family of four.

Section 8 vouchers help qualifying families with rent in houses and neighborhoods of their choice. Preference is given to those who live or work in Erie County.

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