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Is there any college students that know about Section 8 housing and how to get it? (Or any decent Apt/housing)

Is there any college students that know about Section 8 housing and how to get it? (Or any decent Apt/housing) Topic: Application assistance unit
June 25, 2019 / By Ava
Question: I was told this by another college student on campus who wanted to move off. This is the first time of me hearing of this. I really wanna move off campus before the next year (hopefully this summer). If anyone that knows of this or knows another option, please let me know. Thanks!!!
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Abby Abby | 7 days ago
Section 8 housing is generally reserved for families with children and they elderly. It is possible that they may issue a voucher to a student. In order to apply you need to locate the housing authority in your area. Generally there is an exstensive waiting list if they are taking applications at all. Do to the large number of families that need the subsidy it can be very difficult to get a rent voucher for assistance. If you are accepted into the program you have to go through financial verification to make sure you qualify. You would then have to locate a lanlord or apartment complex that accepts section 8 tenants, which can be difficult itself.The unit must then be inspected by section 8, which in a larger city can take about 1month. If it is approved you have to go back to section 8 and see if they appreoved what they landlord is asking for rent, because they may not. if the landlord doesnt agree to the rent set by section 8, you have tofind a new apartment and go through inspection again. You can also check with other programs in your area. There may be a housing partnership, or program for students with lower rents. As a former section 8 tenant I can tell you, most palces that take it arent all that. The apartment may be fine but the neighbor hood is less than desirable, not always but just look into aplace before you sign the lease. And if you find a good place with a decent landlord hold on to it! I would also check into getting a roommate I know this isnt for everyone, but depending your situation it may work for you.Anyway hope this helps.
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Abby Originally Answered: This is an answer for college students that are living in student housing! Gay, Straight, Bi and Trans-gender?
No, there shouldn't be separate housing. That's like separating them by race or if you smoke or your religion, etc. etc. I'm a lesbian, I live with 3 straight girls. All of them are chill about it. One girl even told me before coming to college she was worried to get a lesbian roommate and scared she wouldn't be able too. However, she said that she is totally accepting now and just wasn't really open to the situation before hand. Just because we are gay, doesn't mean we will hit on you and that's the problem straight people have in their mind. We don't want everyone and don't deserve to be placed somewhere else because of it.
Abby Originally Answered: This is an answer for college students that are living in student housing! Gay, Straight, Bi and Trans-gender?
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students have been going to college and living in dorms for as long as there have been colleges with dorms. Nothing has changed. There are not "more gays going to college" than there used to be. The only difference is that GLBT students today are more willing to come out, so nowadays you are more likely than you were in the past to know who they are. No, I don't believe that homophobic students or straight students should get to choose whether to be in a dorm with GLBT students or not. Nor do I think that GLBT students should be segregated in special dorms. Part of college dorm life is learning to live with all kinds of people in a spirit of mutual respect, and that includes learning to live with people of different sexual orientations. And if you're not going to use sexual orientation as a determining factor for deciding what dorms to place students in, then there is no reason at all to ask for that information on the application. Given the possibilities for sexual interactions that many college students (straight, gay, and bi) have while they're in college, I think HIV and STDs have the potential to be spread easily, unless there is a concerted effort by the college administration to promote safe sex and condom use among their students.
Abby Originally Answered: This is an answer for college students that are living in student housing! Gay, Straight, Bi and Trans-gender?
This is a difficult one, not just the social implications, but because it also involves money. Was it Deep Throat of Watergate fame who said: follow the money? Going forward, perhaps dorms will need to be built in a pod fashion where each has a small "bedroom" opening to a common area for the bed-pods. Then the issue of gender identity and sexuality is less important. I believe it could be designed in a cost effective way, but that is a job for some smart architects. For now, we may have to allow people to self identify and indicate with whom they would be okay as a roommate(s). I recommend a code of conduct which actively discourages on-campus relationships between roommates. Reason: it is a distraction from the academics which is the reason most students are attending. Now in your off-time, you can meet and mingle with whomever fits your interests, just not roomy:). That code of conduct concept may also be a good thing in helping people learn and practice boundaries which is essential for good emotional health (too many 35 year olds end up in therapy after their 3rd marriage and multiple relationships and cannot understand why so many jerks out there treat them so badly, hint: maybe it isn't them) Anyway, some quick thoughts.

Steph Steph
Go to your local state authority place, and talk to them about it. I know you can look up if a certain state/town is accepting apps for section 8 online search the web for section 8 in whatever state you are in, but the waiting list once you apply can be up to 2yrs sometimes way longer so I would go to your local state(social services)to find out about other options they have that are like section 8, but easier to get. Also call apartment complex's, and talk to them to see if they have any kind of program for renters to make the rent more affordable. Section 8 is really going to take too long to get so start looking for other programs that might be just as good.
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Steph Originally Answered: Section 8 or housing?
The number of vouchers out is a limited number. You are not a high priority, the elderly, disabled, and large families will be ahead of you. The average wait is 2-5 years, so you should be any time now. Your case worker can tell you about where you are on the list. The problem is new people may be added ahead of you. It would have been easier and faster to just get a normal job. You still have that option, and you always will. Welfare does not have to be your way of life.
Steph Originally Answered: Section 8 or housing?
What state and county are u in? I'm in Wood Cty, WI and applied in April, 2007 and just received my voucher two weeks ago. Call Housing to find out the status of vouchers in your area. They have always been available to answer any questions I have had. Good Luck! My figures are crossed for you, I know....how rough it is at home these days.

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