Section 8 vouchers open for applications |

Section 8 vouchers open for applications

Daily Press staff

The Grand Junction Housing Authority plans to reopen its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers from Monday to Sept. 11.

Agency officials said there are five open vouchers out of 72 allocated to Moffat County by the state.

Section 8 vouchers are government-sponsored and pay all or some of a person’s rent depending on income and family size.

Those who have disabilities or disabled children, or who are elderly or part of working families, will get preference over those who do not meet the above criteria.

Current Moffat County residents also will get priority over those who live elsewhere.

Anyone interested in applying for the program can pick up an application from Moffat County Social Services, 595 Breeze St.

The Social Services office also will accept new applications.

For more information, call GJHA Housing Specialist Roberta McQuay toll-free at 1-866-883-9968, or Housing Choice Voucher Supervisor Keith Antonson at 970-245-0388, ext. 207.

Antonson, who also is a former director of the Moffat County Housing Authority, said GJHA officials still are working to transition control of local Section 8 vouchers to Moffat County.

Grand Junction authorities assumed control of the local program after the Colorado Division of Housing ended its contract with the Craig-based Independent Life Center in fall 2008.

GJHA is legally entitled to transfer vouchers at any time with the Division of Housing’s consent.

However, according to a December 2008 intergovernmental agreement with Moffat County, GJHA maintained it would not begin transferring local Section 8 vouchers out of the area until June 30, 2010, unless authorized by the Moffat County Commission.

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