Waiting list closed for rental assistance

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) It was just last January the sequester went into effect. It cut funding to social programs like the one offered by the Grand Junction Housing Authority.

The Housing Choice Voucher program helps low-income families who can not pay full market rent. Renters pay 30-percent of their income and the Grand Junction Housing Authority pays the rest.

The Housing Authority has faced an eight-percent cut to the program because of the sequester. At the beginning of the year, $800,000 of reserves were available, but it will be gone by December.

"It's going to be a tough road for people who can't afford to pay full market rent in our community for the next four years or more," Lori Rosendahl, Grand Junction Housing Authority.

Right now there are about 2,000 people on the waiting list. In a year with average funding there is usually a 15-percent turnover rate and once people get off the list more people can get on, but that will change as of December 1st as no one new will be added to the list.

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