WHA updates its Housing Choice Voucher program app to help displaced residents

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington Housing Authority is taking additional steps to help residents displaced by mold in its public housing.

Many are currently living in hotels while their homes undergo mold treatment. The housing authority will open its housing choice voucher waiting list and has added preferences to applications from involuntarily displaced residents to move them up the waiting list.

The program provides rental assistance to low-income families in New Hanover County, allowing families to live where they want as long as the landlord agrees to rent to the voucher holder.
WHA does not limit the number of people who can apply, giving more families the opportunity to be considered for the voucher.

“I think for most families that’s another option. This is another thing that can help them get out of hotels. It may not be the solution for everyone, but it is a good option,” said Zorya Elkins, director of the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Voucher requests must be mailed and postmarked by March 5. The Wilmington Housing Authority will also present an update on the status of repairs to the city council on Tuesday. Later in the day, the WHA will hold its Board of Commissioners meeting at 4 p.m.

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