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  1. How do I apply for Public Housing ?
  2. How do I apply for Section 8?
  3. Why doesn't the Housing Authority accept applications for every program all of the time ?
  4. The South Wind Village units are considered Public Housing, why is the waiting list for these units not the same as the other Public Housing waiting list ?
  5. What is the average waiting period for assistance ?
  6. General information waiting list selection procedure?
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How do I apply for Public Housing ?

You can apply for Public Housing when the Housing Authority has published a notice indicating that the Public Housing List is open.  You must send your application to the address indicated on the application during the time period indicated by the Housing Authority.

The Public Housing Waiting List for Elderly/Near Elderly/Disabled will open May 15, 2012 through June 15, 2012 at which time the open period will be extended to July 15, 2012 and then which time the list will be closed until further notice. You only need one application which will cover all three programs listed. 

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How do I apply for Section 8 ?

You can apply for Section 8 when the housing authority has published a notice indicating that the Section 8 List is open.  You must send your application to the address indicated on the application during the time period indicated by the Housing Authority.

  When the list is open, all applications received during the advertised time period, if a delineated period is given, are placed in a large container and chosen at random.  The applications are then sorted by preference points first, then by date.  Please refer to the Housing Authority Section 8 Administrative Plan for additional information. Currently, the Section 8 Waiting List for Elderly/Near Elderly/Disabled will open May 15, 2012 through June 15, 2012 at which time the open period will be extended to July 15, 2012 and then which time the list will be closed until further notice. You only need one application which will cover all three programs listed. 

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Why doesn't the Housing Authority accept applications for every program all of the time?

The H.A. only has limited funding available from HUD.  The funding is budgeted annually in order to assist the most families possible. The waiting list remains closed if there are enough families subsidized and enough families on the list to meet foreseeable funding availability.  The H.A. does not keep a list of interested applicants that want an application when the list opens.  Notification about when any lists are open is done by advertisement in the local media, the HA voice message system, notices distributed to local community centers, library's and other means as deemed practical by the HA.

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The South Wind Village units are considered Public Housing, why is the waiting list for these units not the same as the other Public Housing waiting list ?

The waiting list for South Wind Village is a "site-based" list, which means that applications are accepted for these units only when the  Housing Authority has published a notice indicating that the South Wind Village Public Housing List is open.  You must send your application to the address indicated on the application during the time period indicated by the Housing Authority. The Public Housing Waiting List for SWV Elderly/Near Elderly/Disabled will open May 15, 2012 through June 15, 2012 at which time the open period will be extended to July 15, 2012 and then which time the list will be closed until further notice. You only need one application which will cover all three programs listed.  

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What is the average waiting period?

The average waiting period varies depending on funding availability and the number of applicants on the waiting list.  The average time period can vary anywhere from 2-7 years or longer.  Please note that placement on the list does not guarantee that a family will be assisted.

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General Information and waiting list selection procedure?

The waiting lists are open for new applicants periodically when the number of families listed does not provide a sufficient pool of applicants to meet the estimated funding availability. The Housing Authority (HA) will advertise in the local media when the lists will be open for acceptance of new applications. When the lists are open, the period is usually for a minimum of 30 days. All applications received during this period are placed in container and randomly drawn. This allows fairness to all applicants during the open period.

Applications are ordered by preference points first, which include, veteran, living or working (or hired to work) within the Township of Islip (the HA jurisdiction) and working family (disabled and elderly receive credit for this preference). Applicants that have an equal number of valid preference claims are then ordered by the date and time of their application.

Please note, that once your application has been placed on the waiting list for the program applied for, new applications received at a future date will be ordered by preferences first then date.

The HA provides assistance to families under the Public Housing Program, units the HA owns and manages, 350 elderly/disabled efficiency units and 10 family units. There are approx 25 vacancies per year. The Section 8 program provides eligible families with a voucher to rent a market unit under the terms and conditions provided by the Voucher program. The HA can assist a maximum of 1034 families, depending on the available funding. The HA typically maintains a 97% program utilization rate, vacancies are due to varying cyclical factors, but generally the HA may assist 15-50 turnover families per year, again depending on funding and other factors related to the program, i.e. people moving, other agencies billing the HA for families moving to a different jurisdiction, etc.

The HA does not determine the eligibility, i.e. the verification of the applicants answers on the application, until the application is within close proximity to the HA having available funding for the family.

Applicants often ask, "what number am I on the list?" The HA does not provide a specific number because of the preference point system established in the Administrative policies established in accordance with HUD regulations. The preferences are available to a family at any time, both at initial application or if their circumstances may change, so points do change. As an example, a family applies in 2005 and the Head of Household works in Central Islip, but the family lives in Brookhaven. This family would qualify for the local preference of "working in the jurisdiction." Before the HA has determined the family eligible the head of household changes employment and now works in Brookhaven. This family change would result in the application moving downward on the list. The opposite is also true and an upward movement on the waiting list could be realized if the head of household accepts employment within the HA jurisdiction after submitting their original application.

The HA policies and procedures will be available on the HA web site on or before 4/30/2007 or you may request to review a copy in the HA main office. A copy of the HA Agency Plan filed with HUD provides a summary and is available HERE

 



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