Residents flood office to apply for Section 8 housing
Posts on Facebook and Twitter prompted more than 1,000 people to apply for low-cost housing in Lincoln on Tuesday.
Town officials expected a crowd of a couple of hundred when the Lincoln Housing Authority opened up its waiting list of Section 8 housing.
But they never imagined the influx of people they would see after a couple of people posted the news on Facebook.
Venus Gomes, of Pawtucket, said she wasn't surprised by the big turnout.
"It was on Facebook that Lincoln was giving out Section 8. Somebody wrote that, then it spread like wildfire," she said.
Police directed traffic outside, and Claudette Kuligowski of the Housing Authority directed traffic inside. She said it's the first time in seven years they've opened up the waiting list in Lincoln.
"Now we have a little more money and that's why we wanted to get the list bigger. So we could try to serve more people and serve more Lincoln residents as well," Kuligowski said.
People who live or work in Lincoln get priority and you're required to live in town for a year if you get a voucher. But the vouchers are portable and people came from all over.
"I've heard it takes three to four years sometimes. But it will be worth it the long run, you know?" said Will Morton, of Providence.
The last time they opened the list, Kuligowski said about 250 people showed up. She said they received more than 1,000 applications.
"Never did I think it would be like this, never. I feel bad because they're not all going to get help," Kuligowski said.
Kuligowski said the Lincoln Housing Authority has only four vouchers to issue.For more information on how to apply and who qualifies for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, check the Lincoln Housing Authority web site.