In Depth: Section 8 Housing

Thousands of Bronx and city residents rely on Section 8, a federal program that helps subsidize rent. Some say they wouldn't be able to afford an apartment if it wasn't for the program.

Alison Moore uses Section 8 vouchers to help pay her rent, which equals the amount of her monthly income. She says the help she receives makes her feel like she can be independent. The only problem is that Moore had to wait about seven years to get into the program.

According to the New York City Housing Authority, waiting seven years to get vouchers from the Section 8 program is not unusual. The program, which was created in 1974 for low-income residents, has become overwhelmed with applicants over the years. But for those who are willing to wait, there are certain qualifications that must be met. Residents who are disabled, homeless or victims of domestic abuse have priority.

While some residents see Section 8 as a good thing, some say not all landlords share the same sentiment. Some residents say they found landlords are unwilling to rent to Section 8 recipients.

To help the situation, NYCHA officials say they will continue to work with landlords to simplify the voucher program.

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