The applications started pouring in at 8 am on Monday, straining the server at the Houston Housing Authority and translating into tangible terms what so many already know: Thousands of Houstonians are in dire need of affordable housing, says a story in the Houston Chronicle:
By 3:30 pm, more than 33,000 online applications had flooded in, each representing a family hoping for a spot on a waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8 housing. On average, the vouchers pay about $650 monthly toward the tenant’s rent.
Housing authority officials expect to receive more than 125,000 applications - six times the number of slots available - by the time the application period ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
The flood of applicants also reflects the increasing number of Houstonians living in poverty, said Henneberger.
A 2011 Brookings Institution study found that the number of Houston-area residents living in extremely poor neighborhoods nearly doubled over the past decade.