Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

County to Close Low-Income Rent List.(Final)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Bernalillo County will close its waiting list for help to low-income renters because too many people are already on it.

The county is allocated 1,756 Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 vouchers for rental housing, and 2,500 families are on the waiting list, said county housing director Richard Chavez.

"There's no way we can address these folks in a timely manner," he said. "We're looking at three to five years before we can assist them."

The county's list closes May 30. People needing help with rent can apply to the city's Section 8 program, he said, which has twice as many HUD vouchers. …

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