Sullivan County, NY - Chassidim Sleep Outside Monticello Housing Authority For A Shot At Section 8 Vouchers
Monticello, NY - Throngs of people descended upon the Monticello Housing Authority on Evergreen Road this morning at 8 after spending the night camped out for a chance to apply for 50 available Section 8 housing slots in Sullivan County.
According to the Times Herald-Record (http://bit.ly/1FjtWIb), some 650 prospective applicants, many of them Chassidic men and women from outside the county, began lining up at 9:30 Sunday night, much to the dismay of local residents.
The rambunctious crowd reportedly made a great deal of noise, parked their vehicles in private spaces, and prevented school buses from getting through to pick up school children. “They were very disrespectful,” said Evergreen resident Elaine Williams.
For the first time in five years, both county and non-county residents were permitted to add their name to the Section 8 waiting list, but priority will be given to county residents. The Section 8 vouchers can be used anywhere in Sullivan County where landlords accept federal housing payments.
To be eligible for subsidized housing, a family of four must have a gross annual income of $31,500 or less, may not have a violence-or-drug-related offense on their record for the five prior years, cannot be lifetime registered sex offenders, or have a conviction for producing methamphetamines while on federally subsidized property.
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