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Special to the News-Times

LUFKIN — The Deep East Texas Regional Housing Authority will open its waiting list lottery for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and begin accepting applications on March 1.

Applications will be accepted through March 31.

Applications will be accepted online at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/TX2875 and will not be accepted at the Housing Authority’s office, nor by fax or mail.

The date and time the application is submitted during the waiting list lottery opening period does not determine whether an application will be selected for the waiting list. applications will be selected using a random lottery system.

DETCOG will accept 1,000 applications during the waiting list lottery opening period. Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery and according to DETCOG preference(s). Applicants will be notified of waiting list status by May 15 through their waitlistcheck.com login.

Preferences include: 1) Families who live or work in the DETCOG Regional Housing Authority service area, including Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler counties – 100 points; 2) Veterans and veterans’ families – 5 points; 3) Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking referred by a partnering service agency or consortia, or a religious organization – 5 points; and 4) Families whose head, co-head or spouse is disabled – 5 points.

Applications will be accepted on-line at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/TX2875  and may be submitted anytime day or night during the waiting list lottery opening from any computer or mobile device with internet access.

Any computer or mobile device with internet access can be used to complete the  application. Request for a reasonable accommodation can be made by calling our office at (936) 634-2247, Ext 5262. There is no cost to apply for housing and a credit report is not needed to apply.

Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that the family is, in fact, eligible for assistance. Receiving assistance is subject to eligibility requirements.

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