Only one application will be accepted per person, no paper applications or faxes will be accepted.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) The Columbia housing authority will conduct a lottery to open the Section 8 housing choice voucher program (HCV) waiting list.

Interested persons need to apply between September 15 from 9AM-5PM to September 19.

This is the first time that the lottery has been used to select applicants for the HCV program.

Individuals and families who are interested in applying must submit an application to be in the lottery by applying on-line between September 15-19, 2014 on the Columbia Housing Authorities website www.chasc.org.

Only one application will be accepted per person, no paper applications or faxes will be accepted.

In the past, applications were added to the waiting list by the date and time which they were received. This will NOT happen this time.

The CHA will receive all applications through the website.

Once the process ends on September 19, 2014 the CHA will randomly select only 2,000 applicants using the lottery sysptem and they will be placed on a new waiting list.

The 2,000 applicants selected in the lottery will be notified by October 31, 2014 by letter through the U.S. Postal service. Further instructions will be included in that letter and the applicant will be told then what number they are on the waiting list.

"The CHA has looked for guidance from other housing authoriites in the country on how to manage our waiting list. The Lottery appears to be the best way to do it, " said CHA Executive Director Gilbert.

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