The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is accepting preliminary applications from families in need of subsidized housing. Nearly 1,500 households have applied since the application process opened on Sept. 9.
The application process is completed entirely online, can be accessed 24 hours a day and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Completing the preliminary application is the first step in the process and does not require submission of any documentation. The applicant’s name will be added to the waiting list, to be called by preferences - in the order that the application was received – when vouchers become available. The application period will end at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Anyone with a need is encouraged and urged to submit an application before the deadline.
The waiting list opened earlier this year and the original group of 2,675 applicants has been processed. Many applicants did not complete the process, so list is being re-opened.
“While the current application process does not result in immediate housing assistance, anyone with a need should complete an application which will put them in line for assistance when vouchers become available,” said Mary K. Vaughn, the Director of the Housing and Community Services Department which administers the Section 8 program. She cautioned applicants who have paid a fee to third parties who promised to complete an application for them.
“The application process does not require a fee. It is a simple process that applicants will find user-friendly, Vaughn said. “We are aware that some websites are charging applicants a fee to submit an application. We strongly discourage utilizing such resources and encourage anyone who needs assistance to contact our staff or our partners.”
The application can be accessed through one of the following web links:
In addition, residents who do not have access to computers can apply at the following locations:
• Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center 2755 E. 19th St. N
• Colvin Neighborhood Resource Center 2820 S. Roosevelt
• Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center 2700 N. Woodland
• All Wichita Public Libraries—A library card is required to use library computers.
People with disabilities that prevent them from using a computer should submit the following information to the Housing and Community Services Department: full name, address, phone number and/or email address for contact purposes.
The request may be hand delivered or mailed to: Housing and Community Services Department, 332 N. Riverview, Wichita, KS 67203, or emailed to: Communityhousing@wichita.gov