The Cochise County Housing Authority is announcing the opening of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist. The Housing Authority will accept pre-applications for housing vouchers January 19 through February 2, 2021. All pre-applicants received during this time will be placed on the waitlist for vouchers.

The Section 8 tenant-based HCV assistance program is funded by the federal government and administered by the Housing Authority of Cochise County.

According to Housing Executive Director Anita Baca, placement on the waitlist is the first step for individuals seeking section 8 housing assistance. Also, the waitlist does not open often. “Our waitlist has not opened since April 2018. At that time, we received over 500 pre-applicants, and we have been working through that wait list. Now, we are ready to accept new applicants.”

Baca further encourages anyone interested to complete the application early. “An applicant’s placement on the wait list is determined by the date and time of the application, as well as other Housing Authority local preferences.”

Applicants already on waiting lists for other housing programs must apply separately for this program. Applicants will not lose their place on other waiting lists when they apply for Section 8.

A fillable application with instructions and a complete list of screening preferences will be available at https://www.cochise.az.gov/housing-authority/home. Users should click on “Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List Pre-application.”

Due to Covid-19 precautions, walk in appointments will not be accepted.  For assistance with the application, please call 520-432-8880. Press any prompt to schedule an appointment.

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