City to open waiting list for low-income housing aid

2013-01-18T22:34:00Z City to open waiting list for low-income housing aidJournal staff Muscatine Journal
January 18, 2013 10:34 pm  • 

MUSCATINE, Iowa — On Monday, Jan. 28, Muscatine housing officials will once again open the city’s Section 8 waiting list.

The program, run by the Muscatine Municipal Housing Authority, utilizes a lottery system to determine order of placement on the waiting list. Because it’s a lottery system, there is no advantage to being first in line.

According to a news release, Section 8 is a program designed to help low-income people with rental assistance.

The waiting list will be open for three categories of income-qualified families:

n Those displaced because of substandard property not the result of their actions

n Those displaced by government action or whose dwelling has been extensively damaged or destroyed by a disaster

n Those with children under 18 or elderly or disabled families who are residents of Muscatine County, or working applicants or applicants who have been notified they are hired to work in Muscatine County. Applicants will also be given the benefit of the working family preference if the head of the family and the spouse or sole member is 62 or older or is a person with disabilities.

Income limits to be considered for the program vary by household size. Household incomes must be at or below 30 percent of the median income for Muscatine County, $13,750 for one person, $15,700 for two people and $19,600 for a family of four.

Applications will be available to the public beginning Jan. 28 at the Housing Department at Muscatine City Hall, 215 Sycamore St., and online at

The waiting list will be open from 8 a.m. Jan. 28 until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Housing officials will accept hand-delivered applications beginning Jan. 28 at the Housing Department at City Hall as well as applications mailed to the agency and postmarked on or before Feb. 8.

Applications cannot be faxed or sent via email.

On or after Monday, March 4, applicants may call the Housing Department, 563-264-1554, to find out their waiting list position and approximate wait time.

The Section 8 program is a federal housing program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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