For the first time since March 2017 — and for just 24 hours — the Chattanooga Housing Authority will open the waiting list for its housing vouchers program.
The application for the Housing Choice Voucher Program will be from 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m. Thursday and will only be available online, according to a news release from the housing authority. The link to the application will be posted at www.chahousing.org.
Paper applications will not be available or accepted; however, computers and assistance will be available at the Chattanooga Housing Authority office, 801 N. Holtzclaw Ave, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday.
Each applicant can only submit one application for the lottery. If the housing authority receives more than one application for an applicant, the person will be disqualified.
On Sept. 20, the housing authority will randomly select 1,000 applicants using a computerized lottery system. Winners will be placed on the waiting list.
"With this type of lottery system, there is no advantage based on date and time for the submission of an application. The order of the waiting list will be determined by random selection through third party software," said Tammie Carpenter, director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program at CHA.
The Chattanooga Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal government program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
For more information or a complete list of rules and guidelines for applying to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, visit www.chahousing.org.